Bayer Superintendent Grant Program sends 10 to GIS

The company doubled its support for 2019 to provide grants for five superintendents from hurricane-impacted areas.


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For more than a decade, the Bayer Superintendent Grant Program has offered GCSAA members the opportunity to attend the annual Golf Industry Show. For the 2019 event and for the second year in a row, Bayer doubled its contribution to send five additional superintendents from areas impacted by hurricanes Florence and Michael.

Bayer Superintendent Grant Program 2019 recipients

An asterisk indicates a recipient from a hurricane-affected area.

Suzy Batie
Ponderosa Butte Golf Course
Colstrip, Mont.

Joshua Gaebe
The Links at Kokopelli
Marian, Ill.

Derrick Hudson
Bellewood Country Club
Pottstown, Pa.

Robert Kline
Olive Glenn Golf and Country Club
Cody, Wyo.

Allan Lumagui
Hampton Roads Golf
Virginia Beach, Va.

Steven Martin, CGCS*
Rivers Edge/Brick Landing Plantation
Shallotte, N.C.

Steven Neuliep, CGCS*
Etowah Valley Golf & Resort
Etowah, N.C.

J. Roy Rowland*
Lake Wales Country Club
Lake Wales, Fla.

Preston Stephenson*
Misty Creek Country Club
Sarasota, Fla.

Bryan Taylor*
Crescent Pointe Golf Club/Eagle’s Pointe Golf Club
Bluffton, S.C.

The Bayer Superintendent Grant Program has been offered since 2004 through Bayer Environmental Science, a business unit of Bayer Crop Science Inc. The grants are awarded by the Environmental Institute for Golf, GCSAA’s philanthropic organization.

The grant program underwrites the total cost for the superintendents to attend the 2019 Golf Industry Show, Feb. 2-7 in San Diego. The superintendents receive airfare, hotel accommodations for five nights, full conference registration, registration for two education seminars and $200 spending money. All currently employed superintendents who had not attended the Golf Industry Show in the previous two years were eligible to apply, and winners were chosen from a drawing. The recent-attendance rule was waived for hurricane victims.

“The devastation left in the wake of these hurricanes is heartbreaking, so we are extending our offer of additional grants as a way the Bayer Superintendent Grant Program can give back to those who have been impacted,” says Mike Hirvela, Bayer Crop Science customer marketing manager.

“We are grateful to Bayer for once again doubling the number of winners and extending their support to superintendents who have been faced with additional challenges, such as recovery from hurricanes,” says Rhett Evans, GCSAA CEO. “Bayer has been a strong supporter of GCSAA by consistently contributing to the betterment of our members’ profession.”