GCSAA and Bayer CropScience to Send Seven Superintendents to Golf Industry Show in Orlando


To assist golf course superintendents with their professional development, Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), today jointly announced they will send seven golf course superintendents to attend the 2014 Golf Industry Show (GIS) in Orlando, Feb. 1-6. Through the Bayer Superintendent Grant Program, each of the seven winners will receive an expenses-paid trip to participate in the annual event, which features the most comprehensive education program and trade show available in the industry.

This year’s Bayer Superintendent Grant Program winners include the following:

    Joe J. Brophy, Pleasant Valley Golf Course, West Liberty, Iowa
    Mark Goodwin, Meadowbrook Country Club, Clayton, Ohio
    Richard (Scott) Smart, South Portland Municipal Golf Course, South Portland, Maine
    Jessica Aytoun, Sutton Creek Golf Club, Ontario, Canada
    Edward B. Murdock, Salmon Run Golf Course, Brookings, Oregon
    Michael C. Benz, Village Club of Sands Point, Sands Point, New York
    Eric O’Neill, North Shore Towers and Country Club, Floral Park, New York

“GCSAA and the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) are grateful for our continued relationship with Bayer, a relationship that supports the development of these superintendents,” said GCSAA President Patrick R. Finlen, CGCS. “We all recognize the importance of promoting a strong future for our industry by helping golf course superintendents stay current in their ever-evolving professional roles.”

For more than a decade, GCSAA and Bayer have partnered to fund attendance for superintendents to participate in the GIS. This year’s winners receive airfare, hotel accommodations for five nights, conference full-pack registration, two educational seminars, as well as $ 200 spending money. The Bayer Superintendent Grant Program is funded by a grant from the EIFG supported by Bayer.

“Bayer is proud to continue working with GCSAA and the EIFG to contribute to the advancement of the golf course management profession,” said David Wells, golf business manager for Bayer’s turf and ornamentals business. “We are pleased to support these outstanding organizations in our industry as well as the superintendents who are a part of them.”

Of the seven total grants awarded, five were awarded via random selection to superintendents who applied for the 2014 program and did not attend GIS in the prior two years. An additional two superintendents who were offered the award through the 2013 program, which was extended to benefit superintendents affected by hurricanes, were unable to attend GIS 2013 in San Diego due to the severity of the natural disasters. These two superintendents will each receive a grant to attend GIS 2014. In addition, Bayer’s Green Solutions Team will offer technical support and disaster recovery strategies to help get their courses back up and running.

For more information on Bayer solutions for superintendents, visit http://www.BackedbyBayer.com.

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Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 8,383 million (2012) and is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 20,800 (Dec 31, 2012) and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at: press.bayercropscience.com.

About the EIFG

The EIFG is the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, and has as its mission to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. With respect for the game and the environment, the EIFG inspires environmental, social and economic progress through golf for the benefit of communities. Collaboration between the golf industry, environmental interests and communities will lead to programs and services beneficial to all who come into contact with the game of golf. Visit the EIFG at eifg.org.


GCSAA is a leading golf organization and has as its focus golf course management. Since 1926, GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 72 countries. GCSAA’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Find GCSAA on Facebook, follow GCSAA on Twitter, and visit GCSAA at http://www.gcsaa.org.


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Press release number: USA-BCS-2014-0019

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