San Antonio, Texas, United States: The First Green Foundation (First Green) and Golf Course Superintendents Association of American (GCSAA) have signed a memorandum of understanding that will bring First Green under the umbrella of the GCSAA’s philanthropic organisation, the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG).
The agreement was announced at last month’s Golf Industry Show in San Antonio.
An innovative education outreach programme using golf courses as hands-on environmental learning labs, First Green has worked with golf course superintendents extensively for more than 20 years.
Superintendents form the backbone of First Green initiatives, hosting STEM-focused field trips for students grades five and up. First Green and GCSAA field staff representatives have collaborated to support golf courses and train superintendents, conducting field trips and instruction at GCSAA’s affiliated chapters. In addition, First Green has held well-received workshops at the Golf Industry Show for several years.
“We are very excited to find a home with GCSAA, since we share similar missions and goals – to promote the environmental benefits of golf courses,” said Dr Karen Armstead, PhD, First Green Executive Director. “Further, the EIFG supports research that enables golf courses to increase environmental stewardship, and through GCSAA’s regional reps and local chapters, First Green will gain a larger footprint – nationally then globally.”
GCSAA has an expansive network of green industry leaders with 99 chapters in North America and members in 78 countries. Its partnership with First Green will accentuate the 15,000-plus students the programme has already impacted in the last two decades.
“As one of the world’s leading environmental education programmes utilising golf courses, First Green provides an ideal platform for GCSAA members to further strengthen ties with their communities,” said Rhett Evans, GCSAA Chief Executive Officer. “Our partnership will open new pathways to golf careers for generations to come.”
According to the agreement, the merger will be complete by July 31, 2018.