2004 GCSAA Legacy Award Winners Selected

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), the Environmental Institute for Golf and Syngenta Professional Products recently announced the winners of this year’s Legacy Awards. The awards program benefits children and grandchildren of golf course superintendents. Increased funding from Syngenta this year resulted in the program presenting 20 winners with a $1,500 scholarship each to assist in their education. Scholarship recipients can pursue any desired course of study.

"Syngenta Professional Products values the hard work and dedication of the golf course superintendent and the GCSAA," says Joe DiPaola, Ph.D., golf market manager for Syngenta "The Legacy Awards program is one way that Syngenta can honor superintendents and their families with scholarship support for their higher education aspirations."

Applications were judged on academic excellence, leadership and an essay on a golf industry topic of each applicant’s choice. An independent committee of judges selected the winners.

Applicants for the award were judged in two separate pools divided by school level: one encompassing high school students and the other for college students. One hundred and three qualified applications (48 high school and 55 college) were received this year.

At the high school level, the following students were chosen as award winners:

Elizabeth Buchen will attend Georgia Institute of Technology and major in Aerospace Engineering. Elizabeth is the daughter of Terry Buchen, CGCS, MG, he is a member of Old Dominion GCSA.

Erica Hensley is the daughter of Bryan Hensley superintendent at Rivers Pine Golf in Alpharetta, Ga., and a member of Georgia GCSA. Erica will attend The University of Southern California where she will major in political science.

John Hoag is the son of Paul Hoag, superintendent at Golf Systems Inc. in Comstock Park, Mich. He is a member of Western Michigan GCSA. John will attend Gordon College and major in communication studies.

Kelly McKenzie will attend The University of North Carolina at Wilmington and major in epidemiology statistics. She is the daughter of Keith McKenzie, CGCS, superintendent at Sapona Country Club in Lexington, N.C. He is a member of Carolinas GCSA.

Katelyn Ritter will attend Pennsylvania State University and major in architectural engineering. She is the daughter of Thomas J. Ritter, CGCS, superintendent at Hampshire Greens Golf Course in Silver Spring, Md. He is a member of Mid-Atlantic Association of GCS.

Elizabeth Weber is the daughter of Dennis Weber, CGCS, superintendent of Wynlakes Country Club in Montgomery, Ala. He is a member of Alabama GCSA. Elizabeth will attend the University of Alabama and major in international relations/political science.

Johanna Whitmer is the daughter of Tony L. Whitmer, CGCS, superintendent of Cross Winds Golf Course in Bowling Green, Ky. He is a member of the Tennessee GCSA. Johanna will attend Converse College and major in interior design/business.

Stephen Wilk will attend Allegheny College and major in Mathematics. He is the son of Timothy Wilk, GCSA, superintendent of Scotch Valley Country Club in Hollidaysburg, Pa., and a member of Mountain and Valley GCSA.

At the college level the following students received awards:

Justin Bennett is a student at Henderson State University where he is a history and political science major. He is the son of Gary D. Bennett, CGCS, superintendent of Stonebridge Golf Club in Rome, Ga. He is a member of the Carolinas GCSA.

Brian Creencia is a student at The University of California San Diego where he is studying engineering science. He is the son of Jessie Creencia, CGCS who is a member of the California GCSA.

Alina Evans is a student at The University of Minnesota where she is studying veterinary science. She is the daughter of Hawley Evans, CGCS, superintendent of North Star Golf Club in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Kelly Evans is a student at North Dakota State University where she is studying microbiology. She is the daughter of M. Tedd Evans, CGCS, superintendent of Brookings Country Club, in Brookings, S.D. He is a member of GCSA of South Dakota.

Anna Gamble is a student at St. Olaf College where she is studying Hispanic Studies with a minor in media and management. She is the daughter of Dane Gamble, superintendent at Bridger Creek Golf Club in Bozeman, Mont. He is a member of Peaks and Prairie GCSA.

Robin List is a student at Goucher College where she is majoring in social work at the graduate level. She is the daughter of Thomas K. List, CGCS, superintendent at Ocean City Golf Club in Berlin, Md. He is a member of Eastern Shore Association of GCS.

Katherine Lott is a student at West Virginia University where she is studying animal and veterinary science. She is the daughter of Howard Lott, CGCS, superintendent at Bridgeport Country Club in Bridgeport, W.Va. He is a member of West Virginia GCSA.

Tracy Montross is a student at Appalachian State University where she is studying communications with a concentration in electronic media/broadcasting and political science with a concentration in campaigns, media and politics. She is the daughter of Walter Montross, CGCS, MG, superintendent of Westwood Country Club in Vienna, Va. He is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Association of GCS.

Dea Mulder is a student at Mount Mary College where she is studying nursing. She is the daughter of Daniel Mulder, superintendent of Landsmeer Golf Club in Orange City, Iowa. He is a member of the Iowa GCSA.

Benjamin Nielsen, son of Alan L. Nielsen, CGCS at Royal Oaks Country Club in Vancouver, Wash., attends California Polytechnic State University. He is majoring in civil engineering. Benjamin also won the Legacy Award in 2000.

Jared Oldham is a student at Utah State University where he is studying management/horticulture. He is the son of Randy L. Oldham, superintendent of Logan Golf and Country Club in Logan, Utah. He is a member of Intermountain GCSA.

Tracy Shaw is a student at Carroll College majoring in Spanish with a secondary education Minor. She is the daughter of James Shaw, superintendent of Chenequa Country Club in Hartland, Wis. He is a member of Wisconsin GCSA.

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