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Superintendents win trips to San Diego

Hurricane victims among 10 GCSAA members to win trip to 2019 Golf Industry Show for second year

Bayer grant program has provided funding for superintendents to attend GIS since 2004.

Lawrence, Kan. (Jan. 29, 2019) – For more than a decade, the Bayer Superintendent Grant Program has offered members of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) the opportunity to attend the annual Golf Industry Show. For the 2019 GIS, and for the second year in a row, Bayer doubled its support and is sending five additional superintendents – all from areas affected by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.

Winners of Bayer Superintendent Grants for 2019 include:

  • Suzy Batie, superintendent at Ponderosa Butte Golf Course in Colstrip, Mont.
  • Joshua Gaebe, superintendent at Kokopelli Golf Club in Marian, Ill.
  • Derrick Hudson, superintendent at Bellewood Club in Pottstown, Pa.
  • Robert Kline, superintendent at Olive Glenn Golf and Country Club in Cody, Wyo.
  • Allan Lumagui, superintendent at Hampton Roads Golf in Virginia Beach, Va.

Winners of Bayer Superintendent Grants for 2019 from hurricane-affected areas include:

  • Steven Martin, CGCS, superintendent at Rivers Edge/Brick Landing Plantations in Shallotte, N.C.
  • Steven Neuliep, CGCS, superintendent at Etowah Valley Golf and Resort in Etowah, N.C.
  • J. Roy Rowland, superintendent at Lake Wales Country Club in Lake Wales, Fla.
  • Preston Stephenson, superintendent at Misty Creek Golf and Country Club in Sarasota, Fla.
  • Bryan Taylor, superintendent at Crescent Pointe Golf Club/Eagles Point Golf Club in Bluffton, S.C.

The winners’ trips are funded by the Bayer Superintendent Grant Program, offered since 2004 through Bayer Environmental Science (a business unit of Bayer CropScience Inc.). The grants are awarded by the EIFG, the philanthropic organization of GCSAA.

The grant program will underwrite the total cost for the superintendents to attend the Golf Industry Show, Feb. 2-7 in San Diego. The superintendents will receive airfare, hotel accommodations for five nights, full conference registration, registration for two education seminars and $200 spending money. Superintendents are chosen from a drawing of all applicants who have not attended the show in the past two years. However, the recent attendance rule was waived for hurricane victims.

“The devastation left in the wake of these hurricanes is heartbreaking, so we are extending our offer of additional grants, as a way the Bayer Superintendent Grant Program can give back to those who have been impacted,” said Mike Hirvela, Customer Marketing Manager, Golf.

“We are grateful to Bayer for once again doubling the number of winners and extending their support to superintendents who have been faced with additional challenges, such as recovery from hurricanes,” said Rhett Evans, CEO of GCSAA. “Bayer has been a strong supporter of GCSAA by consistently contributing to the betterment of our members’ profession.”

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)