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Environmental Institute for Golf announces new trustees

Philanthropic organization of GCSAA fosters sustainability

Lawrence, Kan. (Feb. 11, 2020) -- Kevin P. Sunderman, certified golf course superintendent (CGCS) and director of grounds at Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club in St. Petersburg, Fla., has been appointed to the board of trustees for the Environmental Institute For Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

Sunderman also serves on the board of directors for GCSAA. A 19-year GCSAA member, he is past president of the Florida West Coast GCSA and Florida GCSA. He was also previously a board member for the Environmental Research and Education Foundation.

“We are pleased to welcome Kevin to the EIFG,” John R. Fulling Jr., CGCS, GCSAA and EIFG president. “His experience and insight will help us move our mission forward.”

The EIFG fosters sustainability by providing funding for research grants, education programs, awareness of golf's environmental efforts and scholarships. It was founded in 1955 as the Scholarship & Research Fund for the GCSAA.

The board of trustees is composed of four GCSAA directors and one representative each from the USGA, PGA Tour and PGA of America. The trustees are responsible for advancement, policies and general review of the mission and goals of the organization.

The current board also includes Mark F. Jordan, CGCS (GCSAA vice president); Kevin P. Breen, CGCS (GCSAA secretary/treasurer); Darrell Crall (PGA of America); Rand Jerris, Ph.D., (USGA) and Paul Vermeulen (PGA Tour).

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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 nearly 19,000 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.

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