Funded by the GCSAA’s philanthropic organization, the Environmental Institute of Golf, and supported by Syngenta Professional Products, the $1,500 college scholarships were awarded to 20 children or grandchildren of GCSAA members. The awards are based on academic achievement, community involvement, extracurricular activities and leadership skills.
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has awarded 20 college scholarships as part of its Legacy Awards program.
To be eligible, applicants must be a child or grandchild of a GCSAA member. The program is funded by GCSAA’s philanthropic organization, the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), and supported by Syngenta Professional Products. Each grant is for $1,500.
“GCSAA membership is not just about improving your career, but also making a difference in members’ lives,” GCSAA President Patrick R. Finlen, CGCS, said. “Through the support of the EIFG and Syngenta, GCSAA is able to provide our members with this opportunity to assist the futures of their children and grandchildren.”
The awards are based on academic achievement, community involvement, extracurricular activities and leadership skills. Applicants must be enrolled full time at an accredited institution of higher learning, or for high school seniors, accepted at such an institution for the next academic year.
“The Legacy Awards have always been a way for us to give back to the golf industry,” said Stephanie Schwenke, golf marketing manager for Syngenta. “These scholarships provide opportunity for future leaders to gain the education and experiences that will contribute to their future success. At Syngenta, we view leadership, whether individual or organizational, as a valuable asset throughout one’s life and career.”
2013 GCSAA Legacy Award winners:
- Courtney Cunningham, University of Georgia; Daughter of Timothy M. Cunningham, CGCS, Coosa Country Club, Rome, Ga.
- Kyle Kazmierczak, University of Wisconsin; Son of David Kazmierczak, CGCS, Prestwick Golf Club, St. Paul, Minn.
- Fiona Heesen, University of Aberdeen (Scotland); Daughter of Ronald Heesen, CGCS, Nottawasaga Inn Golf Club, Alliston, Ontario, Canada
- Jeffrey Gullikson, Seattle Pacific University; Son of Jeff L. Gullikson, Class A member, Spokane (Wash.) Country Club
- Mitchell Trafford, University of Tulsa; Grandson of Gary Panter, Class AA retired
- Joshua Tworig, University of Delaware; Son of John M. Tworig, CGCS, Eagle Creek Golf Course, Dover AFB
- Megan Fruchte, North Carolina State University; Daughter of David Fruchte, CGCS, Pine Needles Resort, Southern Pines, N.C.
- Michael Barnard, Baylor University (Waco, Texas); Stepson of Michael Jason Kelly, Class A member, Delaware Springs Golf Course, Burnet, Texas
- Amanda Martin, Georgia College and State University; Daughter of Mike Martin, Class A member, Hampton Golf Club, Cumming, Ga.
- Taylor Behrman, University of Minnesota; Daughter of David R. Behrman, CGCS, Class AA retired
- Kristen Sauer, Providence (R.I.) College; Daughter of Todd Sauer, Class A member, Mount Pleasant Country Club, Boylston, Mass.
- Hayley McIntyre, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo; Daughter of Daniel E. McIntyre, Class A member, Valley Crest Golf Course Maintenance, Calabasas, Calif.
- Samantha Sheridan, Central Michigan University; Daughter of Timothy L. Sheridan, Class A member, The Timbers Golf Club, Tuscola, Mich.
- Kelsey Orr, Florida State University; Daughter of Bruce Orr, Class A member, East Bay Golf Club, Largo, Fla.
- Amanda Loehr, University of Pittsburgh; Stepdaughter of Daniel Brickley, Class A member, Lebanon Country Club, Lebanon, Pa.
- Nathan Ferlazzo, James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.); Son of Robert J. Ferlazzo, CGCS, Cameron Hills Golf Links, Fairfax Station, Va.
- Zachariah Klonsinski, The University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Ind.); Son of Kurt E. Klonsinski, CGCS, Riverside Country Club, Bozeman, Mont.
- Kaci Whitehead, Indiana University/Purdue University of Fort Wayne; Daughter of James B. Whitehead, superintendent member, Maxwelton Golf Course, Syracuse, Ind.
- Shaun Kotoski, University of Maryland; Son of John R. Kotoski, CGCS, River Run Golf Club, Berlin, Md.
- Laura Sowatsky, Wittenberg University (Springfield, Ohio); Daughter of Steve Sowatsky, Class A member, Links at Lake Erie, Monroe, Mich.