West Virginia, United States: As a way 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 organisation of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), to send five superintendents to the annual Golf Industry Show (GIS) through the Bayer Superintendent Grant Programme.
For the 2019 GIS in San Diego from February 2-7, Bayer is doubling its support and sending five additional superintendents – all from areas affected by hurricanes Florence and Michael, including North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.
Prior to announcing the expansion of the programme for hurricane victims, Bayer had reinforced its dedication to the Bayer Superintendent Grant Programme 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,” said David Wells, Golf Segment Manager for Bayer, an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
“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,” he added.
Applications for the Bayer Superintendent Grant Programme are open now through November 16 and are available at http://www.eifg.org/education/bayer-superintendent-grant-program
Currently employed superintendents who have not attended GIS in the prior 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 accommodation for five nights, conference full-pack registration, two education seminars and US$200 spending money.
“GCSAA and the EIFG are very fortunate to have a friend like Bayer, which supports our members during difficult times,” GCSAA Chief Executive Officer Rhett Evans said. “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 Programme, which recognises organisations that have donated more than US$1 million since 1987. The company is also a Silver Partner in GCSAA’s Partner Recognition Programme.