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GCSAA awards 20 college grants

GCSAA Legacy Award winners announced

Scholarship program aids students related to association members

Lawrence, Kan. (Aug. 13, 2019) -- 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) in partnership with Syngenta. Each grant is for $1,500.

"GCSAA works to provide assistance to our members’ families," GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans said. "With the support of the EIFG and Syngenta, the Legacy Awards give students well deserved financial aid as they seek higher education."

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 support students through the Legacy Awards. It is an honor to help students of golf course superintendents as we all work to shape and provide future leaders to benefit the golf industry," said Stephanie Schwenke, turf marketing manager for Syngenta.

2019 GCSAA Legacy Award winners (graduating high school seniors)
Ashley Doolittle, Texas A&M University
Parent: Brent Doolittle, CGCS at Shady Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas

Anthony Genovesi, Macaulay Honors College at City College of New York
Parent: John Genovesi, CGCS at Maidstone Club in East Hampton, N.Y.

Madelyn George, University of Connecticut
Parent: Peter George, superintendent at Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor, N.Y.

Sydney McCleary, University of Arizona
Parent: Joseph McCleary, CGCS, Retired

Anna Oelmann, University of North Alabama
Parent: Jeffery J. Oelmann, CGCS at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National in Opelika, Ala.

Bert Ousterhout, University of California – Santa Barbara
Parent: William Ousterhout, superintendent at Diamante Cabo San Lucas in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Maggie Taylor, Juniata College
Parent: Frederick N. Taylor III, CGCS at Mankato (Minn.) Golf Club

Jaelyn Waddle, Iowa State University
Parent: Brandon Waddle, superintendent at Lake Panorama National Golf Course in Panora, Iowa

Karley Warner, University of Tennessee at Martin
Parent: Tyler Warner, Andersons Inc., Spencer, Tenn.

Abbie Lynn Wooten, Oklahoma State University
Parent: Jaren Wooten, superintendent at Stillwater (Okla.) Country Club

2019 GCSAA Legacy Award winners (college students)
Abigail Allmon, University of California – Los Angeles
Parent: Jason Allmon, superintendent at Shadow Hills Golf Club South in Indio, Calif.

Emma Daly, University of Vermont
Parent: Patrick J. Daly III, CGCS at Framingham Country Club in Norton, Mass.

Brandon George, Clarkson University
Parent: Peter George, superintendent at Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor, N.Y.

Haley Johnson, Mississippi State University
Parent: Stephen L. Johnson, CGCS at Payne’s Valley at Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, Mo.

Jensen Kervern, Florida State University
Parent: George Kervern, superintendent at Palm Beach (Fla.) Country Club

Julia Lupkes, Eastern Washington University
Parent: Todd Lupkes, CGCS at Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash.

Sarah McCall, Pennsylvania State University
Parent: Michael R. McCall, CGCS at Metropolitan GCSA in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Evan McCleary, Kansas State University
Parent: Joseph McCleary, CGCS, Retired

Walter Morris, Mississippi State University
Step-Parent: Tim J. Busek, superintendent at The Manor Golf and Country Club in Cartersville, Ga.

Karlie Smelser, Stephen F. Austin State University
Parent: Jeffrey Smelser, CGCS at Galveston (Texas) Country Club


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.