Bayer doubles commitment to Superintendent Grant Program for second year

The company will send 10 GCSAA members to the 2019 Golf Industry Show, five of them from areas impacted by recent hurricanes.

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To assist golf course superintendents with their professional development, each year the Environmental Science division of Bayer CropScience teams up with the Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic organization of GCSAA, to send five superintendents to the annual Golf Industry Show through the Bayer Superintendent Grant Program.

For the 2019 Golf Industry Show, Feb. 2-7 in San Diego, Bayer is doubling its support and will send five additional superintendents from areas affected by hurricanes Florence and Michael, which include North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.

Prior to announcing the expansion of this year’s program for hurricane victims, Bayer had reinforced its dedication to the Bayer Superintendent Grant Program with a focus on encouraging minorities and women to apply.

“Diversity is vital for the future growth of the golf industry, and Bayer is committed to helping develop a broad pool of talented people in turf management,” says David Wells, golf segment manager for Bayer. “Golf ultimately benefits from the innovative and problem-solving abilities and new ideas that are possible through diversity of thought and background. Bayer and EIFG/GCSAA encourage these motivated individuals to apply for the Bayer Superintendent Grant to attend GIS 2019.”

The application period for the Bayer Superintendent Grant Program is open through Nov. 16. Currently employed superintendents who have not attended the Golf Industry Show in the previous two years (San Antonio 2018 and Orlando 2017) are eligible to apply. For hurricane victims, the recent-attendance rule will be waived. Winners receive airfare, hotel accommodations for five nights, conference full-pack registration, two education seminars and $200 spending money.

“GCSAA and the EIFG are very fortunate to have a friend like Bayer, which supports our members during difficult times,” says GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans. “And their commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion strengthens and benefits the entire industry.”

Bayer is a member of the Victory Club in the EIFG’s Cumulative Giving Program, which recognizes organizations that have donated more than $1 million since 1987. The company is also a Silver Partner in GCSAA’s Partner Recognition Program.

Get more information on and apply for the Bayer Superintendent Grant Program.