2016 News Releases


Garske Collegiate Grants given to five college students for 2016, sponsored by Par Aide

Minnesota’s Taylor receives $2,500 grant from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America for study at U.S. Naval Academy

Lawrence, Kan. (May 31, 2016) —  Allison Taylor, a three-sport athlete and straight-A student at Mankato East High School in Mankato, Minn., has earned the top scholarship award for the children of members of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). Taylor has received an appointment to attend the United States Naval Academy this fall, and is the daughter of Fred N. Taylor, a certified golf course superintendent (CGCS) at Mankato Golf Course.

Taylor will receive $2,500 toward her study in chemistry and medicine and is one of five winners of 2016 Joseph S. Garske Collegiate Grants, established in honor of Par Aide company founder Joseph S. Garske. The program is funded by the golf course accessory company and administered by the Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic organization of GCSAA.

The program helps children and stepchildren of GCSAA members fund their education at an accredited college or trade school with a one-time grant. The grants are based on community service, leadership, academic performance and a written essay.

“This is quite an honor for Allie, and a nice reward for all of her efforts,” said Fred Taylor, 59 and a GCSAA member for 29 years. “This is close to our hearts because I know Steve Garske and think he is doing a wonderful thing in his father’s memory.”

Kylie Higaki, the daughter of Chad Higaki, CGCS at Ted Makalena Golf Course in Waipahu, Hawaii, was awarded $2,000 toward her study in bioengineering at Oregon State University. Kyra Schell, the daughter of Duane J. Schell, golf course superintendent at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club in Mountaintop, Pa., will receive $1,500 toward study in chemical and environmental engineering at Villanova University.

Madalyn Rae Ferlazzo, the daughter of Robert J. Ferlazzo, CGCS at Cameron Hills Golf Links in Fairfax Station, Va., was awarded $1,000 toward her study in health sciences at James Madison University. And Ashley Kubel, the daughter of Jason Kubel, golf course superintendent at TPC of Tampa Bay (Fla.), will receive $500 toward her study in business administration at Georgia Southern University.

"GCSAA’s commitment to our members extends to their families as well," said Rhett Evans, GCSAA CEO. "Through the generosity of Par Aide, we can help the children of our members further their own professional dreams through the Garske grants. We wish these students the best in their educational endeavors."

"Par Aide is proud to be able to give back to superintendents and their children," said Dan Brown, Par Aide sales and marketing manager. "Golf course superintendents have a tireless dedication to the game of golf. We want to help them and thank their families for their efforts.”

About GCSAA and the EIFG
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit EIFG at www.eifg.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

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 www.paraide.com.