2019 News Releases


GCSAA announces Garske grant winners

by Jul 30, 2019 | Angela Hartmann

Lawrence, Kan. (July 30, 2019) – The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has awarded its 2019 Joseph S. Garske Collegiate Grants to Jaden Kervern, Karley Warner, Gabriel Campion, Henry J. Cella, Jonathan Charlton, Anna Disselkamp, Sydney McCleary, Maggie Taylor and Abbie Wooten.

Established in honor of Par Aide company founder Joseph S. Garske, the Garske grant program is funded by the golf course accessory company and administered by the Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic organization of GCSAA. For 16 years, the program has helped children and stepchildren of GCSAA members fund their education at an accredited college or trade school with one-time, one-year grants. There are nine grants awarded for a total of $12,000. Grants are based on community service, leadership, academic performance and a written essay.

"Through the generosity of longtime supporter Par Aide, we are able help the children of our members further their education through the Garske grants," said GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans." “We wish these students, who are part of the GCSAA family, the best of luck as they pursue dreams."

  • Kervern has earned a $2,500 scholarship and is planning to attend Florida State University to major in political science. Her father, George Kervern, is the superintendent at Palm Beach (Fla.) Country Club.
  • Warner has earned a $2,500 scholarship and is planning to attend the University of Tennessee at Martin, majoring in animal science/veterinary science. Her father, Tyler Warner, is a sales manager at Andersons, Inc. in Spencer, Tenn.
  • Campion has earned a $1,000 scholarship and is planning to attend Ohio State University to major in biology. His father, James Campion III, is director of golf courses and grounds at NCR Country Club in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Cella has earned a $1,000 scholarship and is planning to attend the University of Notre Dame to major in finance. His father, Luke Cella, CGCS, is the executive director of the Midwest Association of GCS in Lemont, Ill.
  • Charlton has earned a $1,000 scholarship and is planning to attend the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in journalism. His father, Daniel Charlton, is the superintendent at Evanston Golf Course in Skokie, Ill.
  • Disselkamp has earned a $1,000 scholarship and is planning to attend the University of Louisville to major in English and studio art. Her father, Aaron Disselkamp, CGCS, is the superintendent at Standard Country Club in Louisville, Ky.
  • McCleary has earned a $1,000 scholarship and is planning to attend the University of Arizona to major in business/pre-law. Her father, Joseph McCleary, CGCS, is a GCSAA AA-Retired member in Centennial, Colo.
  • Taylor has earned a $1,000 scholarship and is planning to attend Juniata College to major in politics/international relations. Her father, Frederick N. Taylor III, CGCS, is superintendent at Mankato Golf Club in Madison Lake, Minn.
  • Wooten has earned a $1,000 scholarship and is planning to attend Oklahoma State University to major in plant biotechnology and improvement. Her father, Jared Wooten, is superintendent at Stillwater (Okla.) Country Club.

"Par Aide is proud to be able to give something 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, and we want to honor them and their families for their efforts.