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Breen, Vermeulen win spots on EIFG panel

Environmental Institute for Golf announces new trustees

Philanthropic organization of GCSAA fosters sustainability

Lawrence, Kan. (May 21, 2019) -- Kevin P. Breen, the certified golf course superintendent (CGCS) at La Rinconada Country Club in Los Gatos, Calif., and Paul Vermeulen, senior vice president of agronomy for the PGA Tour, have been appointed to the board of trustees for the Environmental Institute For Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

Breen also serves on the board of directors for GCSAA. A 28-year GCSAA member, Breen is a past president of the Sierra Nevada GCSA and California GCSA. He has also previously served as a superintendent representative on the California Alliance for Golf and the Nevada Golf Industry Alliance.

Vermeulen is a 22-year member of GCSAA. He spent more than 20 years as an agronomist with the USGA Green Section before joining the PGA Tour staff in 2006.

“As we continue to make a positive difference for the future of the game, we are pleased to welcome Kevin and Paul as trustees,” Rafael Barajas, CGCS, GCSAA and EIFG president. “Their input and insight will be invaluable.”

The EIFG fosters sustainability by providing funding for research grants, education programs, awareness of golf's environmental efforts and scholarships. It was founded in 1955 as the Scholarship & Research Fund for the GCSAA.

The board of trustees is composed of four GCSAA directors and one representative each from the USGA, PGA Tour and PGA of America. The trustees are responsible for advancement, policies and general review of the mission and goals of the organization.

The current board also includes John R. Fulling Jr., CGCS (GCSAA vice president); Mark F. Jordan, CGCS (GCSAA secretary/treasurer); Darrell Crall (PGA of America); and Rand Jerris, Ph.D., (USGA).

The EIFG thanks two previous trustees whose tenure on the board ended, Cal Roth, who recently retired as the PGA Tour’s senior vice president of agronomy, and GCSAA Immediate Past President Darren J. Davis, CGCS.

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 more than 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.


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