Bayer Superintendent Grant Program Winners Announced

For the third year, Bayer Environmental Science and The Environmental Institute for Golf are sending golf course superintendents to the 2006 Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Education Conference and Golf Industry Show at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Feb. 6-11.

The 2006 GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show had originally been scheduled for those dates in New Orleans; however the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina forced a change of venue. For a brief period, show officials were in discussions with Houston representatives for that city to host the event, however as talks progressed that option was dismissed.

The Bayer Superintendent Grant Program assists superintendents with their professional development through participation in the annual event, which features the most comprehensive education program available in the industry. Superintendents receive airfare (including international), hotel accommodations for six nights, conference full-pack registration, two educational seminars (half-day, one-day or two-day), two tickets to the President’s Celebration and a $200 expense stipend. Any superintendent who did not attend the 2005 GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show in Orlando or the 2004 GCSAA Conference and Show in San Diego was eligible to apply. The five winners are:

  • Stacy D. Baker, Table Mountain Golf Club, Oroville, Calif.
  • John H. Boyce, El Monte Golf Course, Ogden, Utah
  • Tom H. Dickman Jr., Burningtree Country Club, Decatur, Ala.
  • Lee T. Mahnke, Mayville (Wis.) Golf Club
  • Robert Rodriguez, Camelot Golf and Country Club, Cumberland, Ontario, Canada

In response to the tragedies on the Gulf Coast, 10 additional grants have been made available for superintendents who were directly affected by hurricane-related weather. GCSAA and The Institute are working with affiliated chapters in the Gulf Coast area to identify those superintendents affected by the storms. Those identified will be placed in a random drawing to select the 10 recipients at a later date.

“Bayer has been a strong supporter of GCSAA and The Environmental Institute for Golf by contributing to the betterment of the golf course management profession,” said GCSAA President Timothy T. O’Neill, CGCS. "We are grateful to Bayer for stepping up its support of our members, especially those affected by the devastating hurricanes.”

"The devastation left in the wake of these hurricanes is simply heartbreaking and our thoughts are with those struggling in the aftermath of this disaster, especially golf course superintendents," said Mike Daly, Bayer Environmental Science director of marketing. "The Bayer Superintendent Grant Program is one way to give back to those that have lost so much.”

Bayer Environmental Science is one of five supporters at the Champion's Club level in the Cumulative Giving Program of donors who have contributed between $250,000 and $499,999 to The Environmental Institute for Golf since 1987.

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