2019 News Releases

Environmental Institute for Golf announces new trustees

by May 14, 2019 | Sarah Huerter

Philanthropic organization of GCSAA fosters sustainability

Lawrence, Kan. (May 21, 2019) --  Kevin P. Breen, the certified golf course superintendent (CGCS) at La Rinconada Country Club in Los Gatos, Calif., and  Paul Vermeulen, senior vice president of agronomy for the PGA Tour, have been appointed to the board of trustees for the Environmental Institute For Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). 

Breen also serves on the board of directors for GCSAA. A 28-year GCSAA member, Breen is a past president of the Sierra Nevada GCSA and California GCSA. He has also previously served as a superintendent representative on the California Alliance for Golf and the Nevada Golf Industry Alliance. 

Vermeulen is a 22-year member of GCSAA. He spent more than 20 years as an agronomist with the USGA Green Section before joining the PGA Tour staff in 2006. 

“As we continue to make a positive difference for the future of the game, we are pleased to welcome Kevin and Paul as trustees,” Rafael Barajas, CGCS, GCSAA and EIFG president. “Their input and insight will be invaluable.” 

The EIFG fosters sustainability by providing funding for research grants, education programs, awareness of golf's environmental efforts and scholarships. It was founded in 1955 as the Scholarship & Research Fund for the GCSAA.

The board of trustees is composed of four GCSAA directors and one representative each from the USGA, PGA Tour and PGA of America. The trustees are responsible for advancement, policies and general review of the mission and goals of the organization.

The current board also includes John R. Fulling Jr., CGCS (GCSAA vice president); Mark F. Jordan, CGCS (GCSAA secretary/treasurer); Darrell Crall (PGA of America); and Rand Jerris, Ph.D., (USGA).

The EIFG thanks two previous trustees whose tenure on the board ended, Cal Roth, who recently retired as the PGA Tour’s senior vice president of agronomy, and GCSAA Immediate Past President Darren J. Davis, CGCS.