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GCSAA announces Garske grant winners

Par Aide sponsors scholarship program for children of superintendents 

Lawrence, Kan. (May 29, 2018) – The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has awarded its 2018 Joseph S. Garske Collegiate Grants to Payton Dorsch,Matthew Perconti, Lindsey Adams, Maggie Cincotta, Tamlyn Higaki, Isabel Kregel, Brooke Kubel, Walter Morris and Sadie Richau. 

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 15 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.

"GCSAA’s commitment to our members extends to the prosperity of their children as well," said GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans. "Through the generosity of longtime supporter Par Aide, we can help the children of our members further their own professional dreams through the Garske grants. We wish these students the best of luck as they pursue their educational endeavors."

  • Dorsch is planning to attend the University of Delaware, major undeclared, and has earned a $2,500 scholarship. Her father, Robert G. Dorsch, III, CGCS,is the GCSAA certified golf course superintendent at Richter Park Golf Course in Danbury, Connecticut. 
  • Perconti, a Wentworth Institute of Technology student majoring in computer science, earned a $2,500 scholarship. His father, David P. Perconti, is the GCSAA Class A member golf course superintendent at Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor, Maine. 
  • Adams, a Massasoit Community College student majoring in graphic design and photography, earned a $1,000 scholarship. Her father, Jason S. Adams, is the GCSAA Class A golf course superintendent at Blue Hill Country Club in Canton, Massachusetts. 
  • Cincotta, a Baylor University student majoring in nursing, earned a $1,000 scholarship. Her father, Sean B. Cincotta, is GCSAA certified golf course superintendent at Laguna Woods Village in Laguna Hills, California. 
  • Higaki, a Pacific University student majoring in occupational therapy, received a $1,000 scholarship. Her father, Chad Higaki, is the GCSAA certified golf course superintendent at Ted Makalena Golf Course in Waipahu, Hawaii. 
  • Kregal, a University of Iowa student majoring in journalism and mass communications received a $1,000 scholarship. Her father, Matthew Kregel, is the GCSAA Class A golf course superintendent at The Club at Strawberry Creek in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 
  • Kubel, a University of South Florida student majoring in medicine and environmental biosciences received a $1,000 scholarship. Her father, Jason M. Kubel, is the GCSAA Class A certified golf course superintendent at TPC of Tampa Bay in Lutz, Fla.  
  • Morris, a Mississippi State University student majoring in aerospace engineering, received a $1,000 scholarship. His father, Timothy J. Busek, is the Class A GCSAA certified golf course superintendent at The Manor Golf and Country Club in Alpharetta, Ga.  
  • Richau, a Western Carolina University student majoring in environmental science, received a $1,000 scholarship. Her father, Steve D. Richau, is the GCSAA Class B golf course superintendent at Pinewood Country Club in Asheboro, N.C. 

"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."