Hurricane victims among 10 GCSAA members to win trip to 2018 Golf Industry Show

by Jan 02, 2018 | Sarah Huerter

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

Lawrence, Kan. (Jan. 2, 2018) – 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 2018 GIS, Bayer doubled its support and is sending five additional superintendents – all from areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Winners of Bayer Superintendent Grants for 2018 include:

  • William Bradley Anderson, superintendent at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Jonathan Bennett, Sunflower Hills Golf Course in Bonner Springs, Kan.
  • Paul Meridith, superintendent at Osprey Cove Club in St. Marys, Ga.
  • Steve D. Richau, superintendent at Pinewood Country Club in Asheboro, N.C.
  • Patrick Riebe, superintendent at Nutters Crossing Golf Club in Salisbury, Md.

Winners of Bayer Superintendent Grants for 2018 from hurricane-affected areas include:

  • Renze Berg, superintendent at River Strand Golf and Country Club in Bradenton, Fla.
  • Daniel Brooks, superintendent at Shadow Wood Country Club in Naples, Fla.
  • Kevin R. Girt, superintendent at NorthShore Country Club in Portland, Texas.
  • Saul Maldonado, superintendent at El Conquistador Resort in Farjardo, Puerto Rico.
  • Brent Schilhab, superintendent at Shadow Hawk Golf Club and Black Hawk Country Club in Richmond, Texas.

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 Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic arm of the Golf GCSAA.

The grant program will underwrite the total cost for the superintendents to attend the Golf Industry Show, Feb. 3-8 in San Antonio. The superintendents will receive airfare, hotel accommodations for five nights, full conference registration, registration for two education seminars and $200 spending money. Superintendents are chosen from a drawing of all applicants who have not attended the show in the past two years. However, the recent attendance rule was waived for hurricane victims.

“The devastation left in the wake of these hurricanes is simply heartbreaking, and by offering additional grants, the Bayer Superintendent Grant Program is one way to give back to those who have lost so much,” said David Wells, Bayer golf segment manager.

“Bayer has been a strong supporter of GCSAA by contributing to the betterment of the golf course management profession,” said Rhett Evans, CEO of GCSAA. “We are fortunate to have a partner like Bayer that will go above and beyond supporting our members, especially those facing additional challenges like hurricane recovery.”