News Release
June 17, 2014

Golf course accessory company gives back

GCSAA awards Garske grants


The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has awarded its 2014 Joseph S. Garske Collegiate Grants to Grant Wood Nair, Parker Esoda, Jacob Schaller, Abigail Gullicks and Colby Tarsitano.

The Garske Grant was established in honor of Par Aide company founder Joseph S. Garske. It is funded by Par Aide, a golf course accessory company, and administered by the Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic organization of GCSAA. The program assists children and stepchildren of GCSAA members to fund their educations at an accredited college or trade school with one-time, one-year grants awarded to five winners without renewals. Grants are based on community service, leadership, academic performance and a written essay.

"We certainly appreciate the longtime support of Par Aide and congratulate these students and their parents," said GCSAA President Keith A. Ihms, CGCS. "This is just another example where industry has given back to the profession and recognizes the hard work of GCSAA members."

  • Nair, from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, will attend Ohio State University and earned a $2,500 scholarship. His father, Scott W. Nair, is the GCSAA member superintendent at Kukio Golf Club in Kailua-Kona.
  • Esoda, from Marietta, Ga., will attend the University of South Carolina and earned a $2,000 scholarship. Her father, Mark E. Esoda, is the GCSAA certified golf course superintendent at Atlanta Country Club in Marietta.
  • Schaller, from Chilton, Wis., will attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a $1,500 scholarship. His father, Scott H. Schaller, is the GCSAA certified golf course superintendent at North Shore Golf Club in Chilton.
  • Gullicks, from Hastings, Minn., will attend the University of St. Thomas and earned a $1,000 scholarship. Her father, William Gullicks, is the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Bellwood Oaks Golf Course in Hastings.
  • Tarsitano, from Indio, Calif., will attend New York University and earned a $500 scholarship. His father, Gerald A. Tarsitano II, is the GCSAA certified golf course superintendent at The Hideaway Golf Club in Indio.

"I am extremely proud to support the children of golf course superintendents by assisting in their pursuits of additional education. This is just a small token of recognition for the many superintendents who have dedicated their skills and talents to our great game," said Steve Garske, CEO and owner, Par Aide Products Co.

About Par Aide
Since 1954, Par Aide has been providing superior golf course accessories "Wherever Golf is Played." The family-owned company offers a full line of premium golf course accessories, including tee, green and practice area products, tools, and signage. Headquartered in Lino Lakes, Minn., Par Aide distributes products to golf courses through a worldwide network of dealers. For more information, visit

About GCSAA and the EIFG
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 The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA, 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. Visit

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