2017 News Releases


South Dakota golf course superintendent to make first-time visit to Washington, D.C., to attend 2017 National Golf Day

Apr 18, 2017

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Ten Facts About Golf in Celebration of Earth Day 2017

Apr 11, 2017

As part of the celebration of “Earth Day” on April 22, help promote golf and the environment by sharing these facts on social media and at your facility.
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Harrell’s pledges $250,000 to the EIFG

Feb 28, 2017

The EIFG has received a pledge of $250,000 from Harrell’s LLC. to support priority initiatives of advocacy, environmental programs and best management practices. This latest pledge extends the company's long-standing and generous support of the EIFG and GCSAA and lifts Harrell’s to status in the EIFG Star Club.
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Oregon superintendents use tee time donations to help fund research assistant position at Oregon State

Mar 28, 2017

Brian McDonald, research assistant at Oregon State University, is grateful for the Rounds 4 Research donations so that he can continue to study conditions that directly affect golf courses in the Northwest. A portion of McDonald's salary is funded through Rounds 4 Research. Rounds 4 Research is a the national tee time donation program administered by the EIFG. The 2017 online auction runs May 1-7.
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Old Tom Morris asks golfers to “Thank a superintendent” in promotional campaign

Mar 21, 2017

Watch the latest commercial in GCSAA's popular "Thank a Superintendent" campaign. See the forefather of today's superintendents, Old Tom Morris, explain their vital role to the game.
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Equipment manager proves his worth to Texas’ Cordillera Ranch

Mar 14, 2017

Patrick Drinkard, equipment manager at The Clubs at Cordillera Ranch outside of San Antonio, was the first to complete the Turf Equipment Technician Certificate Program from GCSAA. Drinkard completed the program in three months and hopes he can encourage others to consider becoming an equipment manager and GCSAA member. Currently there are more than 800 EM members.
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GCSAA partners with Columbia Sportswear for member discounts

Mar 07, 2017

GCSAA and Columbia Sportswear Company, an industry leader for outdoor apparel and products, have joined in a partnership to bring savings to association members and their facilities. Columbia is offering a 50 percent discount to GCSAA members on outdoor wear purchases.
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Maryland Golf Course owners aim to bring diversity to the game of golf

Feb 28, 2017

Marlton Golf Course, a public venue in Upper Marlboro, Md., owned by four African Americans is taking charge to grow and diversify golf, both for participants and future industry professionals. African-American youths are a cornerstone of Marlton’s efforts. The course offers a 12-week class where students learn how to putt, what goes on in the pro shop and how to tackle soil erosion.
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Golf course superintendents give back with service project on National Mall as part of 2017 National Golf Day

Feb 21, 2017

For more than 100 golf industry advocates, the 10th annual National Golf Day in Washington, D.C., on April 26, will begin a day early when they tackle a community service project to help beautify about 40 acres on the National Mall adjacent to the White House and national monuments.
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2017 Golf Industry Show records highest education attendance in nearly a decade

Feb 09, 2017

Total attendance for the 2017 Golf Industry Show, Feb. 4-9 in Orlando, rose to 13,600, including nearly 600 first-time member registrations. The GCSAA Education Conference filled 5,800 seminar seats, the highest number since 2008.
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Community service project renovates bunkers at Washington, D.C.’s Langston Golf Course practice area

Feb 14, 2017

The rich history of Langston Golf Course on the northern perimeter of Washington, D.C., includes frequent rounds by African American golf pioneers Charlie Sifford, Lee Elder and Calvin Peete. Celebrities Duke Ellington and Joe Louis also spent time at the course, which was constructed in 1938 by the Department of the Interior largely to help African American golfers combat segregation.
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BMP Planning Guide and Template offered by GCSAA

Feb 14, 2017

A comprehensive national planning guide and template for best management practices (BMPs) in golf course management that states can easily adapt to their needs is now available online through the GCSAA. The BMP program is funded through the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic arm of GCSAA.
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The Toro Company contributes $50,000 to the EIFG, to continue its support of Rounds 4 Research

Feb 09, 2017

The Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic arm of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), has again received a $50,000 grant from The Toro Company for continued support of the Rounds 4 Research program in 2017. With this contribution, Toro has donated $250,000 to the program over the past five years.
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California turf student wins chance to work on the field at 2017 Super Bowl

Jan 31, 2017

Sean McLaughlin, senior at California Polytechnic University (Cal Poly Pomona), is spending Super Bowl week helping with field preparations alongside NFL field director Ed Mangan and sports turf legend George Toma, after being chosen the winner in The Toro Co.’s Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program.
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Watson Fellowship to send two doctoral students to 2017 Golf Industry Show

Jan 10, 2017

Eric Reasor, a doctoral candidate at the University of Tennessee, and Mengyi “Tina” Gu, a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida, will be attending their first Golf Industry Show thanks to $5,000 Watson Fellowship grants.
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Rory Van Poucke earns Excellence in Government Affairs Award from GCSAA

Jan 10, 2017

Rory Van Poucke, the Class A golf course superintendent at Apache Sun Golf Club in San Tan Valley, Ariz., has earned the 2017 Excellence in Government Affairs Award for his passion and hard work in advocating for the golf course management profession. GCSAA annually recognizes a chapter, coalition or superintendent for outstanding advocacy or compliance efforts in government affairs.
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Florida’s Shannon Easter tops GCSAA list of 2016 environmental leaders

Jan 03, 2017

Shannon Easter, the maintenance director and environmental consultant at Broken Sound Club in Boca Raton, Fla., waschosen as the Overall and National Private recipient of the 2016 Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards (ELGA), which are presented annually by GCSAA and Golf Digest in partnership with Syngenta and Rain Bird’s Golf Division.
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Maynard takes helm as GCSAA President

Feb 09, 2017

Bill H. Maynard, the director of golf course maintenance operations at the Country Club of St. Albans in St. Albans, Mo., has been elected to a one-year term as president of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) at the association's annual meeting Feb. 9, held in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show in Orlando.
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