GCSAA names 2020 Legacy Award winners

The association has awarded scholarships to 20 college students who are children or grandchildren of GCSAA members.


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GCSAA has 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 GCSAA’s philanthropic organization, the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), in partnership with Syngenta. Each grant is for $1,500.

“GCSAA takes pride in providing assistance to our members’ families,” says GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans. “With the support of the EIFG and Syngenta, the Legacy Awards give students well-deserved financial aid as they continue their education.”

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.

“Syngenta is committed to providing education to golf course superintendents and to the next generation of leaders through the Legacy Awards,” says Stephanie Schwenke, Syngenta’s turf market manager. “This is one small way of thanking them for their dedication to grow and protect the game of golf.”

2020 GCSAA Legacy Award winners

Graduating high school seniors:

Benjamin Chase
Merrimack College
Parent: Dean Chase, superintendent, The Aquidneck Club, Portsmouth, R.I.

Carson Crow
University of Georgia
Parent: Rodney Crow, CGCS, GameDay Sports Turf Management, West Columbia, S.C.

Caroline Daly
Boston College
Parent: Patrick Daly, CGCS, Framingham (Mass.) Country Club

Emily DiFonzo
University of Pittsburgh
Parent: Thomas DiFonzo, GCSAA Class A member, deceased

Emily Jotzat
Grand Valley State University
Parent: Steve Jotzat, CGCS, Lost Dunes Golf Club, Bridgman, Mich.

Grant Kresina
Ohio State University
Parent: Keith Kresina, director of grounds, The Golf Club, New Albany, Ohio

Ryan Lynagh
Penn State University
Parent: James Lynagh, superintendent, Bluestone Country Club, Blue Bell, Pa.

Mack Morris
University of Georgia
Stepparent: Tim Busek, superintendent, St. Ives Country Club, Johns Creek, Ga.

Reagan Olli
Northern Michigan University
Parent: James Olli, superintendent, Michaywe Pines Golf Course, Gaylord, Mich.

Abigail Tykwinski
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Grandparent: Michael Tykwinski, superintendent, Pipestone (Minn.) Country Club

College students:

Lindsey Adams
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Parent: Jason Adams, superintendent, Blue Hill Country Club, Canton, Mass.

Maggie Cincotta
Baylor University
Parent: Sean Cincotta, CGCS, Laguna Woods Village, Laguna Woods, Calif.

Anna Disselkamp
University of Louisville
Parent: Aaron Disselkamp, CGCS, Standard Country Club, Louisville, Ky.

Lauren Greene
Clemson University
Parent: David Greene, superintendent, Legacy Pines Golf Club, Mauldin, S.C.

Nicole Nelson
College of St. Scholastica
Parent: Troy Nelson, assistant superintendent, Tianna Country Club, Walker, Minn.

Madisen Prasek
University of South Dakota
Parent: Gordon Prasek, superintendent, Jamestown (N.D.) Country Club

Meghan Roznowski
Grand Valley State University
Parent: Jason Roznowski, superintendent, Red Hawk Golf Club, East Tawas, Mich.

Trevor Roznowski
Ferris State University
Parent: Jason Roznowski, superintendent, Red Hawk Golf Club, East Tawas, Mich.

Mikayla Santjer
Northland College
Parent: Ross Santjer, superintendent, Moccasin Creek Country Club, Aberdeen, S.D.

Brandon Seliga
Berklee College of Music
Parent: Gordon Seliga, CGCS, Lake View Country Club, North East, Pa.