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<p>GCSAA issues 20 Legacy Award grants</p>

GCSAA Legacy Award winners announced

Scholarship program aids children and grandchildren of association members

Lawrence, Kan. (Aug. 7, 2018) -- The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has awarded 20 college scholarships as part of its Legacy Awards program.

To be eligible, applicants must be a child or grandchild of a GCSAA member. The program is funded by GCSAA’s philanthropic organization, the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) and supported by Syngenta. Each grant is for $1,500.

"GCSAA strives to not only improve the careers of our members, but to make a difference in their lives," GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans said. "With the support of the EIFG and Syngenta, the Legacy Awards help ease the cost of higher education for our members’ families."

The awards are based on academic achievement, community involvement, extracurricular activities and leadership skills. Applicants must be enrolled full time at an accredited institution of higher learning, or for high school seniors, accepted at such an institution for the next academic year.

"Syngenta is proud to be a part of the Legacy Awards because it has always been a way for us to give back the golf course superintendents, who give so much of themselves to the golf industry," said Stephanie Schwenke, turf marketing manager for Syngenta.

2018 GCSAA Legacy Award winners (graduating high school seniors)

Lindsey Adams, Massasoit Community College

Parent: Jason Adams, superintendent at Blue Hill Country Club, Canton, Mass.

Maggie Cincotta, Baylor University

Parent: Sean Cincotta, CGCS at Laguna Woods Village, Laguna Hills, Calif.

Sarah Franceschini, Flagler College

Parent: Frank Franceschini, superintendent at Indian Island Golf Course, Riverhead, N.Y.

Brett Johnson, Lake Superior College

Parent: Steven Johnson, CGCS at Voyager Village Golf Club, Danbury, Wis.

Kenneth Kresina, Ohio State University

Parent: Keith Kresina, superintendent at The Golf Club, New Albany, Ohio

Grant Naudet, University of Kansas

Parent: Paul Naudet, superintendent at The Club at Porto Cima, Lake Ozark, Mo.

Matthew Perconti, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Parent: David Perconti, superintendent at Kebo Valley Golf Club, Bar Harbor, Maine

Megan Reed, Brown University

Parent: Eric J. Reed, CGCS at Valley Country Club, Sugarloaf, Pa.

Sadie Richau, Western Carolina University

Parent: Steve Richau, superintendent at Pinewood Country Cub in Asheboro, N.C.

Taylor Singh, Chapman University

Grandparent: Santokh ‘Sam’ Singh, deceased

2018 GCSAA Legacy Award winners (college students)

Asheley Crabtree, George Fox University

Parent: Jeffrey Crabtree, superintendent at Oak Knoll Golf Course, Independence, Ore.

Kathryn Dettmer, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Parent: David Dettmer, CGCS, at Green Resource, Colfax, N.C.

Evan Hammon, University of Michigan

Parent: Steve Hammon, Parent, superintendent at Traverse City (Mich.) Golf & Country Club

Megan Lowrie, Oklahoma State University

Parent: Brian Lowrie, superintendent at John Conrad Golf Course, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Janie Oelmann, Auburn University

Parent: Jeff Oelmann, CGCS at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National, Opelika, Ala.

Madisen Prasek, University of South Dakota

Parent: Gordon Prasek, superintendent at Jamestown Country Club, Jamestown, N.D.

Trevor Roznowski, Ferris State University

Parent: Jason Roznowski, superintendent at Red Hawk Golf Club, East Tawas, Mich.

Kyra Schell, Villanova University

Parent: Duane Schell, superintendent at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club, Mountain Top, Pa.

Mitchell VanHerwynen, University of Wisconsin

Parent: Son of John R. Kotoski, CGCS, River Run Golf Club, Berlin, Md.

Laura Sowatsky, Wittenberg University (Springfield, Ohio)

Parent: Jim VanHerwynen, CGCS at South Hills Golf and Country Club, Fond du Lac, Wis.

Margaret Warner, University of South Carolina

Parent: Robert Warner, retired

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
Associate Director, Communications
Phone: 800-472-7878, ext. 3647 or 785-393-1361 (cell)