2016 News Releases


Washington’s Verellen among five GCSAA members to win trip to 2017 Golf Industry Show

Bayer grant program has provided funding for superintendents to attend GIS since 2004.


Lawrence, Kan. (Dec. 21, 2016)
—Eric Verellen, the Class A golf course superintendent at Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course in Fall City, Wash., is one of five superintendents to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2017 Golf Industry Show (GIS) in Orlando.

“I have never been to a show,” said Verellen, who grew up on his family’s apple orchard and has been a head superintendent for 15 years at two Washington golf courses. “I am so excited. I look forward to talking with everyone and seeing how other superintendents do things. I am going to be like a kid in a candy store.”

The winners’ trips are funded by the Bayer Superintendent Grant Program, offered since 2004 through Bayer Environmental Science (a business unit of Bayer CropScience Inc.). The grants are awarded by the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic arm of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

The grant program will underwrite the total cost for the superintendents to attend the show Feb. 4-9. The superintendents will receive airfare, hotel accommodations for five nights, full conference registration, registration for two education seminars and $200 spending money. Superintendents are chosen from a drawing of all applicants who have not attended the show in the past two years.

In addition to Verellen, the other winners are: Jay Colvin, Class B superintendent at Auburn Valley Golf Club in Grass Valley, Calif.; Jed Spencer, certified golf course superintendent at Chenal Country Club in Little Rock, Ark.; Jerrett Watson, Class A superintendent at Links on the Bayou in Alexandria, La.; and Jason Yonak, Class A superintendent at Links of Northfork in Zimmerman, Minn.

“We are pleased to support superintendents in their desire for continued learning,” said David Wells, Bayer golf business manager. “The Bayer Superintendent Grant Program aims to empower superintendents with the latest tools and education techniques available.”

“We think being able to attend GIS offers extraordinary professional value for GCSAA members, and we appreciate having an industry partner like Bayer who believes the same,” said Rhett Evans, CEO of GCSAA. “Continuing education is the foundation for becoming a valued golf course management professional.”