Lawrence, Kansas, United States: Jeff White and Arjun Chowdri have been appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic organisation of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).
White, Certified Golf Course Superintendent at Indian Hills Country Club in Mission Hills, Kansas, also serves on the Board of Directors for GCSAA. A 30-year GCSAA member, he has been a GCSAA Grassroots Ambassador since 2014, and is a seven-time representative of the Heart of America GCSA at the Chapter Delegates Meeting.
White is a former Board member of the Kansas Turfgrass Foundation. He also belongs to the Kansas GCSA and Heart of America GCSA, serving as President of the latter in 2005.
Chowdri became the PGA’s first Chief Innovation Officer in 2019, having previously served as its Senior Director of Global and Corporate Strategy. He has been a part of the PGA of America team since 2012.
“We are delighted to welcome Jeff and Arjun to the EIFG,” said Mark Jordan, GCSAA and EIFG President. “Their experience and enthusiasm will help advance our mission.”
The EIFG fosters sustainability by providing funding for research grants, education programmes, awareness of golf’s environmental efforts and scholarships. It was founded in 1955 as the Scholarship & Research Fund for the GCSAA.
The Board of Trustees is composed of four GCSAA directors and one representative each from the USGA, PGA Tour and PGA of America.
The trustees are responsible for advancement, policies and general review of the mission and goals of the organisation.
The current Board also includes Kevin Breen (GCSAA Vice President); Kevin Sunderman (GCSAA Secretary/Treasurer); Rand Jerris (USGA) and Paul Vermeulen (PGA Tour).