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Bayer to double superintendents grant

Bayer will send 10 GCSAA members to the 2018 Golf Industry Show.

Lawrence, Kan. (Nov. 7, 2017) -- As a way to assist golf course superintendents with their professional development, each year the Environmental Science Division of Bayer CropScience teams up with the Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association, to send five superintendents to the annual Golf Industry Show through the Bayer Superintendent Grant Program. For the 2018 GIS, Bayer is doubling its support and sending five additional superintendents – all from areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, including Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Puerto Rico

“Our goal with the Bayer Superintendent Grant Program has always been to empower superintendents with the best in continuing education,” Bayer Golf Business Manager David Wells said. “We recognize that this year so many superintendents are facing monumental challenges with hurricane recovery, and we want to help by making sure they have access to key learning opportunities at the Golf Industry Show.”


Applications for the Bayer Superintendent Grant Program are open now through Nov. 28. Currently employed superintendents who have not attended GIS in the prior two years (Orlando 2017 and San Diego 2016) are eligible to apply. For hurricane victims, the recent attendance rule will be waived. Winners receive airfare, hotel accommodations for five nights, conference full-pack registration, two education seminars and $200 spending money. 

“Bayer has a long history as a strong supporter of GCSAA and EIFG,” GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans said. “The extreme generosity they have shown in expanding the grant program specifically for hurricane victims is a testament to their commitment to GCSAA and our members.”

Bayer is a member of the Victory Club in the EIFG’s cumulative giving program, which recognizes organizations who have donated over $1,000,000 since 1987. They are also a Silver partner in GCSAA’s Partner Recognition Program.

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. 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
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