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Students receive complimentary GCSAA memberships through John Deere program

Membership program illustrates John Deere’s commitment to student development

Lawrence, Kan. (Nov. 12, 2019) — The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has partnered with John Deere to offer complimentary GCSAA student memberships for students enrolled in or intending to enroll in full-time in eligible turfgrass or related programs.

Once they become members of the GCSAA, students will gain access to industry resources and information, webinars, career development tools, and a full network of GCSAA member superintendents to support their academic and professional growth.

“This program encourages students to learn more about career paths within the turf industry,” said Manny Gan, director of global golf sales and marketing. “Through this free membership, students can access the GCSAA knowledge base and connect with peers and mentors to learn more about the golf industry.”

John Deere has been an avid supporter of students pursuing careers in golf course management. As the longtime sponsor of the GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl, they have helped college teams from around the country showcase their skills during the annual competition at the Golf Industry Show. They are also sponsoring the Student Hub (Booth 2007) on the trade show floor during the 2020 Golf Industry Show in Orlando in January. The Student Hub is a dedicated space for collegians to interact with peers, connect with alumni and have great accessibility to on-site career development services.

“As one of our longstanding partners, John Deere has always realized the important role students play in shaping the future of the industry,” GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans said. “We thank them for providing complimentary GCSAA memberships for students, which will help tomorrow’s industry leaders build a solid network and knowledge base as they start their professional journey.”

John Deere is a Platinum Partner, the highest level, in GCSAA’s Partner Recognition Program. GCSAA’s Partner Recognition Program provides year-round exposure based on a prescribed level of investment. GCSAA industry partners can choose among Platinum, Gold or Silver levels as a means to achieve marketing objectives. Each level provides partners unique communications and recognition options to position themselves in the marketplace.

“Education, industry insight and relationships are critical in building a successful career in the golf industry,” Gan said. “Through this free membership program, John Deere will support students in these efforts to further develop the next generation of leaders.”

Students interested in taking advantage of John Deere Program and becoming members of GCSAA at no cost, can visit for more information.

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About GCSAA and the EIFG
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to more than 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’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, or find us on Facebook or Twitter. Visit our industry-leading magazine at

The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit EIFG at, or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

Angela Hartmann
Associate Director, Communications
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