Golf News for Wednesday, September 25, 2013 | Sponsorship

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America awards scholarships

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has awarded scholarships to 13 college students as part of the GCSAA Scholars Program, funded and administered by GCSAA's philanthropic organization, The Environmental Institute for Golf.

John S. Parvin, White Lake Township, Mich., is the first place winner in the competition. He receives a $6,000 scholarship and is honored as the Mendenhall Award Winner. Parvin is a student at Michigan State University.

The second place winner, Fernando Expòsito Muñoz, Jaen, Spain, receives a $5,000 award and is designated as the recipient of the Allan MacCurrach Award. The MacCurrach Award is funded by the PGA Tour. Expòsito Muñoz receives an additional $2,500 award by earning the Ambassador Award. He is an international student at Michigan State University.

Both Parvin and Exposito Munoz also will each receive an all-expense-paid trip to the 2014 Golf Industry Show in Orlando (Feb. 1-6).

Other recipients include:
Dalton T. Wayman, Knoxville, Tenn., University of Tennessee, $2,500
Cody Stewart, Ventura, Calif., California Polytechnic State University, $2,000
Teddy Norman, Concord, Mass., University of Massachusetts-Amherst, $1,500
Paul M. Jacobs III, Woodhaven, Mich., Michigan State University, $1,500
Thomas Jacobs, East Lansing, Mich., Michigan State University, $750
Brian P. Hogan, Clinton, Md., Institute of Applied Agriculture, $750
Eric Lewellen, Palmdale, Calif., California Polytechnic State University, $500
Gordon M. Porter, Crestview, Fla., Florida Gateway College, $500
James Morgan, Orlando, Fla., Florida Gateway College, $500
Jacob S. Fawaz, East Lansing, Mich., Michigan State University, $500
Cory A. Yurisic, Knoxville, Tenn., University of Tennessee, $500

The GCSAA Scholars Program, funded by the Environmental Institute for Golf's Robert Trent Jones Endowment, was developed to recognize outstanding students planning careers in golf course management. Winners were selected to receive scholarship awards based on the final ranking in a competition judged by GCSAA's Scholarship Committee. Factors considered were academic achievement, potential to become a leading professional, employment history, extracurricular activities, and recommendations from a superintendent with whom the student has worked and a current academic advisor.

Applicants must be enrolled in a recognized undergraduate program in a major field related to golf/turf management and be a GCSAA member. Undergraduate applicants must have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours or the equivalent of one year of full-time study in an appropriate major.

The Mendenhall Award is given in memory of the late Chet Mendenhall, a pioneer in the golf course management industry. A native of Kingman, Kan., Mendenhall's upbringing on an Oklahoma farm served him well. His career in working with the land began in 1920 as an employee of the Wichita (Kan.) Parks and Forestry Department, where he designed and built his first course despite having no previous experience with the game.

In 1928, Mendenhall accepted an invitation to become superintendent at the Wichita Country Club. It was during his tenure there that Mendenhall assisted California-based golf course architect Billy Bell in designing and constructing a new course. Smitten by the process, Mendenhall entered night school to learn surveying, drafting, bookkeeping and other related subjects.

He moved in 1934 to the Kansas City, Mo., area, where he served as superintendent of the Mission Hills Country Club until his retirement in 1965. Mendenhall was a charter member of GCSAA and his service to his profession included serving as a director of GCSAA from 1940-1946, vice president in 1947 and president in 1948. He was honored by the association with its Distinguished Service Award in 1986, and by the USGA in 1990 with its Green Section Award. Mendenhall passed away in 1991 and was inducted into the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame in 1996.

Internationally recognized for his expertise in the turf management field, Allan MacCurrach began his career as a golf course superintendent at Valley Country Club in Warwick, R.I., in 1962. In 1972, he became the 45th person to receive the title of Certified Golf Course Superintendent from GCSAA. MacCurrach became the PGA Tour's first agronomist in 1974 and played a leading role in establishing the standard of excellence for course conditioning at PGA Tour events. MacCurrach was named senior agronomist in 1988 and in 1994 received the GCSAA's Distinguished Service Award. He passed away in 1997 at the age of 57.

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 www.eifg.org.

About GCSAA
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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