Golf Course Management

JUN 2013

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 126 of 157

Environmental Programs Scholarships and Grants Perhaps there is no way the EIFG focuses on the future more than with scholarships and grants. In 2012, the EIFG funded more than 70 scholarships and grants for the children and grandchildren of GCSAA members, turfgrass students, future researchers and superintendents interested in advancing their careers. Superintendents looking to enrich their knowledge were given an exciting new opportunity in 2012 with the launch of the Melrose Leadership Academy. This program was established by Ken Melrose, retired CEO and chairman of the board of The Toro Co., and is supported by a $1 million gift to the EIFG from The Kendrick B. Melrose Family Foundation. The Melrose Leadership Academy is designed to support the professional development of GCSAA member superintendents by providing individuals the opportunity to attend the GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show. The program grants up to 20 scholarships every year. The response from the frst class was overwhelmingly positive. "Meeting and trading stories with many other superintendents from all over the country was a great experience along with the top notch education sessions. I enjoyed the golf experience as well. I was able to meet new people, do some networking and have fun while doing it," said one participant. "I was able to meet new people with some great ideas. I was able to reconnect with others I have not seen for years. That kind of networking can't be duplicated online or over the phone," said another. In addition to special opportunities at conference and show, participants also receive resources and communication following the show. Education How and when education is delivered has evolved and adapted to new technology, but the EIFG's dedication to funding comprehensive education offerings that cover environmental management, leadership, communication and more hasn't changed. In 2012 the EIFG, through GCSAA's education program, helped to provide: • More than 500 hours of programing in seminars and sessions at the GCSAA Education Conference. • Access to more than 150 turfgrass experts at the GCSAA Education Conference. • Online education, including 27 free live webcasts and access to the On Demand library of more than 90 additional webcasts. BOARD OF TRUSTEES When the EIFG launched the frst in a series of surveys that would become the Golf Course Environmental Profle in 2006, it could not have foreseen the far-reaching effect and positive response the program would have. With the publication of the results of the last of the surveys, the industry is now armed with comprehensive facts and data that give documented insight into the features, inputs, maintenance practices and environmental stewardship efforts on U.S. golf courses. Not only are the full reports available online at, but the results have been used to further advocacy and outreach efforts. Data from the reports has been used in articles in Golf Digest, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and National Geographic, to name a few. The WE ARE GOLF coalition relies on the data for its work, and was specifcally used to help ensure passage of responsible state-wide fertilizer legislation in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Despite all of the success, this is just the beginning. The frst set of surveys was developed to provide baseline data. Currently, the second round of surveys is being developed and is expected to begin in 2014. Results from the second round will be used to chronicle changes and improvement over time. President Patrick R. Finlen, CGCS The Olympic Club San Francisco, Calif. Vice President Keith A. Ihms, CGCS Country Club of Little Rock Little Rock, Ark. Secretary/Treasurer John J. O'Keefe, CGCS Preakness Hills Country Club Wayne, N.J. Trustees Peter J. Grass, CGCS Hilands Golf Club Billings, Mont. Rand Jerris USGA Far Hills, N.J. Darren Redetzke The Toro Co. Bloomington, Minn. Advocacy There is great value to collaborating with allied associations and others to raise awareness of the industry and providing a voice for the golf course management profession. The EIFG supports advocacy efforts that build these collaborative relationships by providing funding to programs that keep superintendents informed about government issues that affect them. Then the EIFG provides funding to encourage participation in grassroots campaigns to lawmakers through letters, phone calls and personal visits. Some of the key issues I-3

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Golf Course Management - JUN 2013