The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has awarded its 2012 Joseph S. Garske Collegiate Grants to Zachary Markow, Jessica Leigh McClain, Joshua Matthew Tworig, Katelyn Gradoville, and Nick Geter.
The Garske Grant was established in honor of Par Aide company founder Joseph S. Garske. It is funded by Par Aide, a golf course accessory company, and administered by the Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic organization of GCSAA. The program assists children and stepchildren of GCSAA members to fund their education at an accredited college or trade school with one-time, one-year grants awarded to five winners without renewals. Grants are based on community service, leadership, academic performance and a written essay.
"It's been demonstrated time and again that the golf course management industry is tight-knit and supportive," said GCSAA President Sandy Queen, CGCS. "This is just another example where industry has given back to the profession. We certainly appreciate the longtime support of Par Aide and congratulate these students and their parents."
* Markow, from Carmel, Calif., is a student at Cal-Poly Pomona and earned a $2,500 scholarship. His father, Jeffrey C. Markow, is the GCSAA certified golf course superintendent at Cypress Point Club in Pebble Beach, Calif.
* McClain, a Wofford University student from Louisville, Ky., earned a $2,000 scholarship. Her father, Bradley W. McClain, is the GCSAA Class A superintendent at South Park Country Club in Fairdale, Ky.
* Tworig, a University of Delaware student from Magnolia, Del., earned a $1,500 scholarship. His father, John M. Tworig, is the GCSAA certified golf course superintendent at Eagle Creek Golf Course on Dover AFB in Delaware.
* Gradoville, a Creighton University student from Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., earned a $1,000 scholarship. Her father, Patrick J. Gradoville, is the GCSAA certified golf course superintendent, at Palos Verdes (Calif.) Golf Club.
* Geter, a Kennesaw State University student from Acworth, Ga., received a $500 scholarship. His father, Jimmy T. Geter, is the GCSAA certified golf course superintendent at Marietta Country Club in Kennesaw, Ga.
"We believe it's important to recognize golf course superintendents for their tireless dedication to the game of golf," said Steve Garske, Par Aide president. "It's great to be able to give something back to superintendents and their children."
About Par Aide
Since 1954, Par Aide has been providing superior golf course accessories "Wherever Golf is Played." The family-owned company offers a full line of premium golf course accessories, including tee, green and practice area products, tools, and signage. Headquartered in Lino Lakes, Minn., Par Aide distributes products to golf courses through a worldwide network of dealers. For more information, visit www.paraide.com.
The EIFG is the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, and has as its mission to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. With respect for the game and the environment, the EIFG inspires environmental, social and economic progress through golf for the benefit of communities. Collaboration between the golf industry, environmental interests and communities will lead to programs and services beneficial to all who come into contact with the game of golf. Visit www.eifg.org.
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.
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