The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America announced its latest round of twenty $1,500 college scholarships for children or grandchildren of GCSAA members. The grants are funded by the Environmental Institute for Golf and supported by Syngenta. The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) announced that it has awarded 20 new college scholarships…
The Joseph S. Garske Collegiate Grants, established in honor of the founder of Par Aide, which continues to sponsor the scholarship program, are awarded to children of club superintendents. Nine grants totaling $12,000 are awarded, based on applicants’ community service, leadership, academic performance and a written essay.
Anthony L. Williams, CGCS, Director of Golf and Landscape Operations of TPC Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club in Irving, Texas, has been chosen as the Overall and National Private recipient, while Jay Neunsinger of Boundary Oak Golf Course in Walnut Creek, Calif., is the National Public course winner, and Scott Main, CGCS, Mauna Kea…
Blas Huezo of the Lakeside, Calif. club’s staff has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Most Valuable Technician Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, after being nominated by Barona Creek’s Superintendent, Sandy Clark, CGCS. Kurt Lading from Indian Hills Country Club and Trent Manning from Ansley Golf Club were also finalists for 2017 recognition.
Nine college-bound children of members of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America have been announced as recipients of the one-time grants to fund their education at an accredited college or trade school. The grants are based on community service, leadership, academic performance and a written essay.
According to the 2017 Compensation and Benefits Report from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the average salary saw an increase of 4.7% over the 2015 report. Certified golf course superintendents saw an increase of more than 5%, averaging $109,620.
The grant program is funded through the Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic arm of GCSAA, through a donation from The PGA Tour. Chapters receiving $10,000 grants include Connecticut GCSA, California GCSA, Carolinas GCSA and Tennessee GCSA, while the Eastern Shore (Md.) Association of GCS and the Mid-Atlantic Association of GCS will receive $7,500 each, and the Georgia GCSA and the Metropolitan (N.Y. and N.J.) GCSA will receive $5,000 each.
The maintenance director and environmental consultant at the Boca Raton, Fla. property has been selected as the Overall and National Private recipient of the annual awards that recognize superintendents and their golf courses for overall excellence and best management practices. Alex Stuedemann of TPC Deere Run (Public Course) and Ken Nice of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Resort Course) were also selected for national recognition.
An Urban Land Magazine report details how the golf industry is adapting to more frequent droughts, falling water supply levels, and government restrictions on water use. “Everyone understands water is the greatest challenge we face going into the future,” said Rhett Evans, CEO of the GCSAA.
Grammy-winner Justin Timberlake, NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, women’s soccer star Brandi Chastain, former NFL quarterbacks John Elway and Jim McMahon, actor and Allstate spokesperson Dennis Haysbert, “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson and comedian Larry the Cable Guy will appear in the next round of a multimedia promotional campaign to “thank a golf course superintendent.”
Mark Condos, Superintendent of the Livermore, Calif., course, has been named the Overall and National Public recipient of the 2015 Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards. Dave Davies of TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Calif., is the National Private winner. Fourteen regional winners and one merit winner were also named.
Newly released survey data from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America also showed that courses used just 1.44 percent of all irrigated water in the U.S. in 2013.
The former CEO of Kohler Co. took the home-products and design company into the golf business during his 43 years with the company, building four courses at Blackwolf Run and Whistling Straits and buying resort hotel properties in St Andrews, Scotland. He will receive the award named after St Andrews’ long-time superintendent at the Golf Industry Show in San Diego next February.
Students whose parents work in superintendent positions at Spring Creek G&CC, Summit Rock Over Horseshoe Bay GC, Azalea Sands GC and Tipton GC have been awarded the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America grants.
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s Chief Business Development Officer will now also serve as Chief Operating Officer, to have oversight of all business development and operating functions for the 18,000-member organization. The GCSAA also promoted Eileen Bangalan to Senior Director, Business Strategy.