Golf News for Thursday, July 3, 2008 | Briefly

Brotherton, Trappe and McCullough earn college scholarships

Mark Brotherton, Jon Trappe and Patrick McCullough are winners of the 2008 Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Student Essay Contest.

Open to GCSAA members who are undergraduate or graduate students pursuing degrees in turfgrass science, agronomy or any field related to golf course management, the GCSAA Essay Contest accepts entries with a focus on golf course management. The scholarship funding is provided by The Environmental Institute for Golf through the Robert Trent Jones Endowment.

Judges from the GCSAA scholarship committee select winners to receive scholarships and the first place entry may be published or excerpted in the association's official publication, GCM.

Brotherton, from Oak Ridge, N.J., and a fourth-year undergraduate student at Penn State University, won the first place scholarship of $2,000 for his essay: “How Well Do You Know Your Topdressing Sand?"

Trappe, from Fayetteville, Ark., is a first-year graduate student at the University of Arkansas. He earned the second place grant of $1,500 for his paper: “Implications of Genetically Modified Turfgrasses."

McCullough, from Hoboken, N.J., and a graduate student at Rutgers University, claimed the third place award of $1,000 for his writing: “Roughstalk Bluegrass Control: Do New Herbicides Offer Long-Term Management Solutions in Cool-Season Turf?"

The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of GCSAA and is a collaborative effort of the environmental and golf communities, dedicated to strengthening the compatibility of golf with the natural environment. The Institute 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 Institute, visit

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 more than 21,000 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. Visit GCSAA at

For more information contact:
Mischia Wright, GCSAA senior manager, development, at 785-832-4445 or