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GCSAA’s Garske grants go to 9 students

Par Aide sponsors scholarship program for children of superintendents 

(Lawrence, KS – May XX, 2018) The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has awarded its 2018 Joseph S. Garske Collegiate Grants to Payton Dorsh, Matthew Perconti, Lindsey Adams, Maggie Cincotta, Tamlyn Higaki, Isabel Kregel, Brooke Kubel, Walter Morris and Sadie Richau. 

Established in honor of Par Aide company founder Joseph S. Garske, the Garske grant program is funded by the golf course accessory company and administered by the Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic organization of GCSAA. For 15 years, the program has helped children and stepchildren of GCSAA members fund their education at an accredited college or trade school with one-time, one-year grants. There are nine grants awarded for a total of $12,000. Grants are based on community service, leadership, academic performance and a written essay.

"GCSAA’s commitment to our members extends to the prosperity of their children as well," said GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans. "Through the generosity of longtime supporter 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 of luck as they pursue their educational endeavors."

  • Dorsch is planning to attend the University of Delaware, major undeclared, and has earned a $2,500 scholarship. Her father, Robert G. Dorsch, III, CGCS, is the GCSAA certified golf course superintendent at Richter Park Golf Course in Danbury, Connecticut. 
  • Perconti, a Wentworth Institute of Technology student majoring in computer science, earned a $2,500 scholarship. His father, David P. Perconti, is the GCSAA Class A member golf course superintendent at Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor, Maine. 
  • Adams, a Massasoit Community College student majoring in graphic design and photography, earned a $1,000 scholarship. Her father, Jason S. Adams, is the GCSAA Class A golf course superintendent at Blue Hill Country Club in Canton, Massachusetts. 
  • Cincotta, a Baylor University student majoring in nursing, earned a $1,000 scholarship. Her father, Sean B. Cincotta, is GCSAA certified golf course superintendent at Laguna Woods Village in Laguna Hills, California. 
  • Higaki, a Pacific University student majoring in occupational therapy, received a $1,000 scholarship. Her father, Chad Higaki, is the GCSAA certified golf course superintendent at Ted Makalena Golf Course in Waipahu, Hawaii. 
  • Kregal, a University of Iowa student majoring in journalism and mass communications received a $1,000 scholarship. Her father, Matthew Kregel, is the GCSAA Class A golf course superintendent at The Club at Strawberry Creek in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 
  • Kubel, a University of South Florida student majoring in medicine and environmental biosciences received a $1,000 scholarship. Her father, Jason M. Kubel, is the GCSAA Class A certified golf course superintendent at TPC of Tampa Bay in Lutz, Fla.  
  • Morris, a Mississippi State University student majoring in aerospace engineering, received a $1,000 scholarship. His father, Timothy J. Busek, is the Class A GCSAA certified golf course superintendent at The Manor Golf and Country Club in Alpharetta, Ga.  
  • Richau, a Western Carolina University student majoring in environmental science, received a $1,000 scholarship. Her father, Steve D. Richau, is the GCSAA Class B golf course superintendent at Pinewood Country Club in Asheboro, N.C. 

"Par Aide is proud to be able to give something 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, and we want to honor them and their families for their efforts.”
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. Par Aide is a member of the Presidential Club of the EIFG's cumulative giving program. Presidential Club level donors have contributed $100,000 - $249,999 to the EIFG since 1987. Par Aide is also a silver PRP partner of GCSAA. For more information, visit www.paraide.com.

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 www.gcsaa.org 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 www.eifg.org. or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

Contact: 
Angela Hartmann, Associate Director, Communications 

Phone: 800-472-7878, ext. 3647 or 785-832-3647 (cell)
ahartmann@gcsaa.org