Golf News for Thursday, August 22, 2013 | Sponsorship

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America's Garske award winners

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has awarded its 2013 Joseph S. Garske Collegiate Grants to Kristen Sauer, Catherine Felicetti, Christopher McAvoy, Samantha Bradley and Kaci Whitehead.

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.

"We appreciate the longtime support of Par Aide and congratulate these young members of the extended GCSAA family," said GCSAA President Patrick R. Finlen, CGCS. "The Garske grants are a testament to the camaraderie within the golf course management industry."

• Kristen Sauer, from Boylston, Mass., is a student at Providence College and earned a $2,500 scholarship. Her father, Todd A. Sauer, is the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Mount Pleasant Country Club in Boylston, Mass.
• Catherine Felicetti, an Ithaca College student from Forestdale, Mass., earned a $2,000 scholarship. Her father, Joseph F. Felicetti, is the GCSAA certified golf course superintendent at The Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass.
• Christopher McAvoy, a Fordham University student from West Hempstead, N.Y., earned a $1,500 scholarship. His father, Thomas O. McAvoy, is the GCSAA certified golf course superintendent at Old Westbury Golf & Country Club in Old Westbury, N.Y.
• Samantha Bradley, a University of St. Joseph student from Plainville, Conn., earned a $1,000 scholarship. Her father, Gregory Bradley, is the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Farmington Woods Country Club in Unionville, Conn.
• Kaci Whitehead, an Indiana University/Purdue University of Fort Wayne student from Syracuse, Ind., receives a $500 scholarship. Her father, James B. Whitehead, is the GCSAA member superintendent at Maxwelton Golf Course in Syracuse, Ind.

"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

About the EIFG
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 the EIFG at

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 nearly 18,000 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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