2020 News Releases


Twelve GCSAA members of diverse backgrounds won trip to 2020 Golf Industry Show

by Mar 10, 2020 | Kate Hiebert

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

Lawrence, Kan. (March 10, 2020) For more than a decade, the Bayer Superintendent Grant Program has offered members of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) the opportunity to attend the annual Golf Industry Show. For the 2020 GIS, Bayer focused on advocating and supporting diversity and inclusion among applicants. They increased  their support by sending 12 superintendents – up two from previous years due to the high quality of applications.

Winners of Bayer Superintendent Grants for 2020 include:

  • Christopher Allen, superintendent at Eagle Lakes Golf Club, Naples, Fla.
  • George Chavez, superintendent at Pelham Bay Split Rock Golf Course, New Rochelle, N.Y.
  • Renee D. Geyer, superintendent at Firestone Country Club, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
  • Scott Hampton, superintendent at Greenwood Country Club, Greenwood, Miss.
  • Jeff Hansen, superintendent at Squaw Valley Golf Course, Glen Rose, Tex.
  • Shaun Kerr, superintendent at Gates Four Golf and Country Club, Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Kelly Kuchelmeister, superintendent at Rockford Park District Sinnissippi Park Golf Course, Loves Park, Ill.
  • Christopher Lewis, superintendent at Oak Valley Golf Course and Resort, Pevely, Mo.
  • Victor Manuel Morales- Rios, superintendent at City of Ann Arbor Golf Courses, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Ross Niewola, superintendent at The Madison Club, Indian Wells, Calif.
  • Samuel G. Orozco, superintendent at Reeves Country Golf Courses, Pecos, Tex.
  • Jeffrey Yarborough, superintendent at Stonehouse Golf Club, Hampton, Va.

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 EIFG, the philanthropic organization of GCSAA.

“We are grateful to Bayer for increasing the number of winners and extending their support to superintendents who bring new ideas and capabilities to the profession,” said Rhett Evans, CEO of GCSAA. “Bayer has been a strong supporter of GCSAA and we are appreciative of their efforts this year to bring attention to the diversity of our membership and to select those who may often be underrepresented to come to GIS.”

The grant program underwrote the total cost for the superintendents who attended the Golf Industry Show, Jan. 25-30 in Orlando. The superintendents received airfare, hotel accommodations for five nights, full conference registration, registration for two education seminars and $200 spending money.

As a Top50 diversity employer in the U.S., Bayer is dedicated to diversity and inclusion within our own organization, and in the industries we support,” said Mike Hirvela, customer marketing manager, golf. “These applications demonstrated each individual’s commitment and action in advocating for individual differences, life experiences, and unique perspectives that are needed in golf.”