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GCSAA announces 2023 Legacy Award winners

by Aug 15, 2023 | Kelsey Underwood


Scholarship program assists children and grandchildren of association members

Lawrence, Kan. (Aug. 15, 2023) The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has again awarded 20 college scholarships as part of its Legacy Awards program.

To be eligible, applicants must be a child or grandchild of a GCSAA member. The program is funded by the GCSAA Foundation and supported by Syngenta. Each grant is for $1,500.

The awards are based on academic achievement, community involvement, extracurricular activities and leadership skills. Applicants must be enrolled full time at an accredited institution of higher learning, or for high school seniors, accepted at such an institution for the next academic year.

“At Syngenta, our commitment to the golf industry goes far deeper than the products we innovate. We take great pride in partnering with the GCSAA to support the Legacy Awards," said Stephanie Schwenke, turf marketing manager for Syngenta. “These scholarships not only support golf course superintendents and their families, but they also align with one of our key pillars of promoting education and creating future leaders.”

2023 GCSAA Legacy Award winners

Connor Basinger, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Dale B. Quinn, Grandparent (deceased), Pinehurst, N.C.

Luke Basinger, North Carolina State University Dale B. Quinn, Grandparent (deceased), Pinehurst, N.C.

Carter Brown, Kennesaw State University Mike C. Brown, Parent, Class A-retired member, Cumming, Ga.

Noah Chmielewski, St. Norbert College Jeremy Chmielewski, Parent, Class A member, Greenwood Hills Country Club, Wausau, Wis.

Anna Huber, University of Notre Dame Jeffrey Huber, Parent, Class A-retired member, Nashville, Tenn.

Caleb Keilen, Michigan State University Andy Keilen, Parent, Class A member, Knollwood Country Club, West Bloomfield, Mich.

Scarlett Kelly, Western Carolina University Ronald E. Kelly, CGCS, Parent, Class A member, Country Club of North Carolina, Pinehurst, N.C.

Brooks Leftwich, Purdue University, West Lafayette Michael C. Leftwich, Parent, Class A-retired member, Lafayette, Ind.

Shane Manzi, University of Hartford   Matthew Manzi, Parent, Class A member, Morris County Park, Morristown, N.J.

Haley Miller, Kansas State University   Matt Miller, Parent, Class A member, Carey Park Golf Course, Hutchinson, Kan.

Payton Miller, Liberty University Jeffrey V. Miller, Parent, Class B member, Brays Island Plantation, Sheldon, S.C.

Laney Muench, Texas A&M University Tim Muench, CGCS, Parent, Class A member, Cedar Crest Golf Course, Dallas, Texas

Allison Oelmann, Auburn University Jeffery Oelmann, CGCS, Parent, Class A member, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National, Opeika, Ala.

Reagan Olli, Northern Michigan University Jim Olli, Parent, Class A-retired member, Gaylord, Mich.

Dylan Pughe, Bucknell University David Pughe, Parent, Class AA member, Nassau Suffolk Turf, Garden City, N.Y.

Anna Stiehler, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Brian J. Stiehler, CGCS, MG, Parent, Class A member, Highlands Country Club, Highlands, N.C.

Ryan Swanson, University of Colorado - Colorado Springs Jason Swanson, Parent, Class A member, Hidden Greens Golf Course, Hastings, Minn.

Gavin Trout, Clemson University David Trout, Parent, Class A member, DiamondBack at Woodland Valley, Loris, S.C.

Kristen Wallace, Kansas State University William L. Wallace, CGCS, Parent, Class A member, Denton Country Club, Denton, Texas

Taylor Wit, University of Sioux Falls Richard Wit, CGCS, Parent, Class A member, Golf Club at Red Rock, Rapid City, S.D.