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GCSAA grants 20 Legacy Award scholarships

Scholarships of $1,500 each awarded with funding from the Environmental Institute for Golf, Syngenta

Lawrence, Kan. (June 27, 2017) – At one point, Scott Schaller thought his son Jacob might be a fourth-generation golf course superintendent. He had worked with Scott at North Shore Golf Club in Menasha, Wis., at various times for five years. But instead Jacob’s path is leading to a career in human resources, and he is now entering his senior year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. And a Legacy Award scholarship is helping Jacob reach for his dream.

Jacob is one of the 20 recipients of 2017 Legacy Award scholarships from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). Funded through its philanthropic organization, the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), and Syngenta, the GCSAA Legacy Awards provide $1,500 scholarships to the children and grandchildren of GCSAA members who have been active for five or more consecutive years. 

“He is on to bigger and better things, and I am very proud of him,” said Scott Schaller, who is the certified golf course superintendent in his 23rd year at North Shore GC. “We truly appreciate the Legacy Award. GCSAA has done so much for me and my family. They have been so supportive of children.”

"Syngenta is excited to provide the golf industry with future opportunities for these young leaders. The Legacy Awards signify achievement by these individuals. It’s our pleasure to support golf course superintendents and their families said Stephanie Schwenke, turf market manager for Syngenta. 

This year’s Legacy Award winners:

High school graduates

Blake Alegret-Proper, Tucson, Ariz., incoming freshman at Central College (Iowa) and stepchild of Reuben Proper, Class A member golf course superintendent at Silverbell Golf Course in Tucson, Ariz.

Race Archibald, Green Bay, Wis., incoming freshman majoring in communications/journalism at Eastern Illinois University and child of Steven Archibald, Class B member golf course superintendent at Thornberry Creek Country Club in Oneida, Wis.

Emma Daly, Norton, Mass., incoming freshman majoring in communications disorders/speech and language pathology at the University of Vermont and child of Patrick Daly III, CGCS at Framingham Country Club in Framingham, Mass.

Casey Duffy, Clermont, Fla., incoming freshman majoring in agricultural education at Lake Sumter State College and child of Sean Duffy, CGCS at Isleworth Country Club in Windermere, Fla.

Kasey Gelsomino, Elmhurst, Ill., incoming freshman majoring in international business at Fordham University and grandchild of Leonard Berg, CGCS retired GCSAA member.

Evan McCleary, Centennial, Colo., incoming freshman majoring in business or engineering at Kansas State University and child of Joseph McCleary, CGCS retired GCSAA member.

Katie Schultz, Old Hickory, Tenn., incoming freshman majoring in architecture at Tulane University and child of Robert Schultz, CGCS at Hermitage Golf Course in Old Hickory, Tenn.

Brandon Seliga, North East, Pa., incoming freshman majoring in commercial music technology at California University of Pennsylvania and child of Gordon Seliga, CGCS at Lake View Country Club in North East, Pa.

Macie Shoun, Raleigh, N.C., incoming freshman majoring in engineering at Georgia Tech University and child of Michael Shoun Class A member golf course superintendent at McConnell Golf LLC in Raleigh, N.C.

Blake Takushi, Sugar Land, Texas, incoming freshman majoring in mechanical engineering at the 

University of Texas-Austin and child of Jerry Takushi, retired GCSAA member.

College students

Courtney Doxtader, Utica, N.Y., majoring in dental hygiene at SUNY Canton College and grandchild of Eugene Taylor, deceased former GCSAA member.

Alexa Ferrie, Sister Bay, Wis., majoring in business and marketing education at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and child of Brian Ferrie, Class A member and golf course superintendent at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club in Egg Harbor, Wis.

Dylan Goike, Alpena, Mich., majoring in musical theatre performance at Central Michigan University and child of Steven Goike, Class A member and golf course superintendent at Alpena Golf Club in Alpena, Mich.

Hampton Kicklighter, Dublin, Ga., majoring in finance at the University of Georgia and child of Hampton Kicklighter, Jr., certified golf course superintendent (CGCS) at Dublin Country Club in Dublin, Ga.

Brooks Leftwich, Thompsons Station, Tenn., majoring in mechanical engineering at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and child of Michael Leftwich, retired GCSAA member.

Elizabeth Lopez, Madison, Ala., majoring in pre-med at Auburn University and grandchild of James Schwarzenberger, deceased former GCSAA member.

Kaely Pockl, Harrison City, Pa., majoring in marketing-professional sales at West Virginia University and child of William Pockl, CGCS at The Club at Blackthorne in Jeannette, Pa.

Jacob Schaller, Green Bay, Wis., majoring in consumer science-human resources at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and child of Scott Schaller, CGCS at North Shore Golf Club in Menasha, Wis.

Claire Schick, Corinth, Texas, majoring in microbiology at Mississippi State University and child of Aaron Schick, CGCS at Eldorado Country Club in McKinney, Texas.

Maggie Traver, Monticello, Minn., majoring in psychology (pre-occupational therapy) at the University of Minnesota Morris and child of Richard Traver, Jr., CGCS at Monticello Country Club in Monticello, Minn.

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.

Craig Smith, Director, Communications and Media Relations
Phone: 800-472-7878, ext. 4431 or 785-691-9197 (cell)