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Bayer doubles support for GCSAA program

Bayer doubles commitment to Superintendent Grant Program for hurricane victims for second year

Bayer will send 10 GCSAA members to the 2019 Golf Industry Show.

Lawrence, Kan. (Oct. 23, 2018) -- 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 2019 GIS, Feb. 2-7 in San Diego, Bayer is doubling its support and sending five additional superintendents — all from areas affected by hurricanes Florence and Michael, including North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.


Prior to announcing the expansion of the program for hurricane victims, Bayer had reinforced its dedication to the Bayer Superintendent Grant Program with a focus on encouraging minorities and women to apply.

“Diversity is vital for the future growth of the golf industry, and Bayer is committed to helping develop a broad pool of talented people in turf management,” Bayer Golf Segment Manager David Wells said. “Golf ultimately benefits from the innovative and problem-solving abilities and new ideas that are possible through diversity of thought and background. Bayer and EIFG/GCSAA encourage these motivated individuals to apply for the Bayer Superintendent Grant to attend GIS 2019.”

Applications for the Bayer Superintendent Grant Program are open now through Nov. 16 and are available at Currently employed superintendents who have not attended GIS in the prior two years (San Antonio 2018 and Orlando 2017) 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.

“GCSAA and the EIFG are very fortunate to have a friend like Bayer, which supports our members during difficult times,” GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans said. “And their commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion strengthens and benefits the entire industry.”

Bayer is a member of the Victory Club in the EIFG’s Cumulative Giving Program, which recognizes organizations that have donated more than $1 million since 1987. The company is 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
Associate Director, Communications
Phone: 800-472-7878, ext. 3647 or 785-393-1361 (cell)