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Applications open for GCSAA’s first Melrose Equipment Management Experience Class

by Aug 06, 2019 | Sarah Huerter

Program is funded by a $1 million gift from the Kendrick B. Melrose Family Foundation

Lawrence, Kan. (Aug. 7, 2019) — The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is now accepting applications for its inaugural Melrose Equipment Management Experience, which supports the professional development needs of GCSAA golf course equipment manager members by providing select individuals the opportunity to attend the Golf Industry Show.

As part of the program, which is administered through GCSAA’s philanthropic organization, the Environmental Institute for Golf, class members will network with GCSAA leadership, industry leaders and peers at various roundtables, receptions and events. The academy will also offer a variety of education sessions tailored for golf course equipment managers. 

The Melrose Equipment Management Experience was developed as part of a $1 million gift from the Kendrick B. Melrose Family Foundation to create the Melrose Equipment Management Endowment. The Melrose Equipment Management Experience is one of four focus areas of the endowment, which also includes continuing education, a certificate program and growing membership in GCSAA.

 “The Melrose Equipment Management Experience will give our equipment manager members an unprecedented opportunity to advance their knowledge base and industry connections,” GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans said. “Thank you to the Melrose Family Foundation for making a difference in the professional lives of so many GCSAA members.”

The Melrose Family Foundation also funds a similar program that brings superintendents to GIS, the Melrose Leadership Academy.

The Melrose Family Foundation is supported by Ken Melrose, former CEO and chairman of The Toro Co. He retired as CEO in 2005 and from the chairman position in 2006. That same year he formed Leading by Serving, LLC, a new company whose mission is to advance the principles of servant leadership in business organizations.

Applications for the 2020 class are due Sept. 15, 2019. The Melrose Equipment Management Experience is open to GCSAA Class EM members who have not attended the GIS in the last two years. Applicants should be able to demonstrate motivation to advance in their career. Members of the class will receive full pack GIS registration, education sessions, airfare, hotel accommodations, $200 spending money and financial support to complete GCSAA’s Equipment Management Certificate Program Level 1 and 2 exams.

To learn more about the Melrose Equipment Management Experience or to apply, visit