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GCSAA members’ kids receive college grants

Garske Collegiate Grants awarded to nine college-bound children of GCSAA members, sponsored by Par Aide

Lawrence, Kan. (May 30, 2017) – Emma Daly, a member of the National Honor Society and captain of her tennis and volleyball teams at Norton High School in Norton, Mass., has earned a scholarship award for the children of members of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). Daly will attend Emerson College in the fall and study speech and language pathology. She is the daughter of Class A member Patrick Daly, the director of golf course and grounds at Framingham (Mass.) Country Club.

Daly will receive $1,000 toward her studies and is one of nine winners of 2017 Joseph S. Garske Collegiate Grants, established in honor of Par Aide company founder Joseph S. Garske. The program is funded by the golf course accessory company and administered by the Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic organization of GCSAA. 

The program helps children and stepchildren of GCSAA members fund their education at an accredited college or trade school with a one-time grant. The grants are based on community service, leadership, academic performance and a written essay.

“This was a nice surprise,” said Patrick Daly, 47, and a 21-year member of GCSAA. “This is just a small piece of what the national association has done for me, personally and professionally. We really appreciate the award. She can use the money to buy books.”

Anna Deely, the daughter of Class A member Christopher Deely, golf course superintendent at Brookside Golf Course in Buzzards Bay, Mass., was awarded $2,500 toward her study in facilities engineering at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Also receiving the top award of $2,500 was Samuel Stowe, son of David Stowe, CGCS at Newton Commonwealth Golf Course in Newton, Mass. He will be attending the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Other awards winners were:

  • Austin Geter, son of Jimmy Geter, CGCS retired from Acworth, Ga. He will be majoring in music theory/composition at Kennesaw State University.
  • Jacob Hoarston, son of Class A member Paul Hoarston, golf course superintendent at Ryland Lakes Country Club in Latonia, Ky. He will be studying mechanical engineering at the University of Alabama.
  • Adam Kane, son of Robert Kane, CGCS at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Godfrey, Ill. He plans to major in engineering at the University of Alabama.
  • Evan McCleary, daughter of Joseph McCleary, CGC retired from Centennial, Colo.  She will attend Kansas State University and major in either engineering or business.
  • Emily Murphy, daughter of Class A member Mark Murphy, golf course superintendent at General’s Ridge Golf Course in Manassas, Va. She will major in engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
  • Trevor Roznowski, son of Class A member Jason Roznowski, golf course superintendent at Red Hawk Golf Club in East Tawas, Mich. He plans to study biology/pre-optometry at Ferris State University.

"GCSAA’s commitment to our members extends to their families as well," said Rhett Evans, GCSAA CEO. "Through the generosity of Par Aide, we can help the children of our members further their own professional dreams through the Garske grants. We wish these students the best in their educational endeavors."
"Par Aide is proud to be able to give back to superintendents and their children," said Dan Brown, Par Aide sales and marketing manager. "Golf course superintendents have a tireless dedication to the game of golf. We want to help them and thank their families for their efforts.”

Including this year’s awards, 50 students have received $79,500 since the inception of the program in 2007. ParAide also increased the scholarship purse by $4,500 to $12,000 so that four more students could be funded.

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 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.

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.

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


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