Lawrence, Kansas, United States: For more than a decade, the Bayer Superintendent Grant Programme has offered members of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) the opportunity to attend the annual Golf Industry Show.
For the 2020 GIS, Bayer focused on advocating and supporting diversity and inclusion among applicants. They increased their support by sending 12 superintendents – up two from previous years due to the high quality of applications.
The winners’ trips are funded by the Bayer Superintendent Grant Programme, offered since 2004 through Bayer Environmental Science (a business unit of Bayer CropScience Inc). The grants are awarded by the EIFG, the philanthropic organisation of GCSAA.
The grant programme underwrote the total cost for the superintendents who attended January’s Golf Industry Show in Orlando. The superintendents received airfare, hotel accommodations for five nights, full conference registration, registration for two education seminars and US$200 spending money.
“As a Top 50 diversity employer in the US, Bayer is dedicated to diversity and inclusion within our own organisation, and in the industries we support,” said Mike Hirvela, Customer Marketing Manager, Golf, Bayer, an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
“These applications demonstrated each individual’s commitment and action in advocating for individual differences, life experiences, and unique perspectives that are needed in golf,” he added.