The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has awarded 20, $1,500 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 The Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) and supported by Syngenta.
"This scholarship program is a valuable benefit of GCSAA membership," GCSAA President Robert M. Randquist, CGCS, said. "With the support of the EIFG and Syngenta, GCSAA is able to provide opportunities for our members and their children that otherwise may not have been available."
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."2011 GCSAA Legacy Award winners
Brittany Allgood, University of Central Oklahoma
Daughter of Donald Allgood Jr., CGCS, Lake Hefner Golf Club, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Devan Annan, University of Montana
Daughter of Andrew Annan, CGCS, Forest Highlands Golf Course, Flagstaff, Ariz.
Lauren Colloredo, Mississippi State University
Daughter of William Colloredo, CGCS, Old Waverly Golf Club, West Point, Miss.
Jade Distasio, Texas State University - San Marcos
Daughter of Brent Doolittle, CGCS, Shady Oaks Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas
Addison Esoda, University of Alabama
Daughter of Mark Esoda, CGCS, Atlanta Country Club, Marietta, Ga.
Helene Flaxbeard, Hastings College
Daughter of David Flaxbeard, GCSAA Class A superintendent, Palm Desert (Calif.) Resort Country Club
Jeffrey Gullikson, Seattle Pacific University
Son of Jeff Gullikson, CGCS, Spokane (Wash.) Country Club
Alaina Jordan, Slippery Rock University
Daughter of Mark Jordan, CGCS, Westfield Group Country Club, Westfield Center, Ohio
Nicholas Juliano, Oneonta State
Son of Samuel Juliano, CGCS, Knickerbocker Country Club, Tenafly, N.J.
Ann Catherine Lopez, Auburn University
Granddaughter of James Schwarzenberger, Class A – Retired
Haley Markow, California Polytechnic State University
Daughter of Jeffrey Markow, CGCS, Cypress Point Club, Pebble Beach, Calif.
Lydia Merkel, University of Nebraska
Daughter of Steven Merkel, CGCS, Landscapes Unlimited, Omaha, Neb.
Ashley Mueller, Purdue University
Daughter of Steven Mueller, GCSAA Class A superintendent, Pine Valley Country Club, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Cara Nair, Fort Lewis College
Daughter of Scott Nair, GCSAA Class A superintendent, Kukio Golf Club, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
Abigail Naudet, University of Kansas
Daughter of Paul Naudet, GCSAA Class A superintendent, Club at Porto Cima, Lake Ozark, Mo.
Lyle Nemeth, California Polytechnic State University
Son of Victor Nemeth, GCSAA Class A superintendent, Kiahuna Golf Club, Koloa, Hawaii
Justin Reiter, University of Minnesota
Grandson of Francis Gene Reiter (deceased)
Andrew Slade, Boston College
Son of John Slade, GCSAA Class A superintendent, Laurel Creek Country Club, Mount Laurel, N.J.
Tyler Sonoga, Michigan State University
Son of Stephen Sonoga, CGCS, Dearborn (Mich.) Hills Golf Course
Harleigh Warner, Clemson University
Daughter of Robert Warner, CGCS, Whispering Pines Golf Course, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Note: The title "CGCS," after a superintendent's name, stands for Certified Golf Course Superintendent, which recognizes the achievement of high standards of professionalism through education, testing and experience.
GCSAA is a leading golf organization and has as its focus golf course management. Since 1926, GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to 19,000 members in more than 72 countries. GCSAA's mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Find GCSAA on Facebook, follow GCSAA on Twitter, and visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org.
The Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic organization of GCSAA, is a collaborative effort of the environmental and golf communities, dedicated to strengthening the compatibility of golf with the natural environment. The EIFG concentrates on delivering programs and services involving research, education and outreach that communicate the best management practices of environmental stewardship on the golf course. For more on the EIFG, visit www.eifg.org.
Syngenta is one of the world's leading companies with more than 26,000 employees in over 90 countries dedicated to our purpose: Bringing plant potential to life. Through world-class science, global reach and commitment to our customers we help to increase crop productivity, protect the environment and improve health and quality of life. For more information about us please go to www.syngenta.com.