The GCSAA, a golf course management organization, has awarded a total of $26,500 in grants to nine chapters for outreach programs.
Nine affiliate chapters of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) have received grants for 2015 totaling $26,500 to promote the superintendent profession. Eight chapters will receive the top award of $3,000, while the Louisiana-Mississippi GCSA will receive $2,500, which was the requested amount. Six chapters will use the Chapter Outreach grant money to buy local advertising time and space to promote the GCSAA "Thank a Superintendent" campaign.
"The Chapter Outreach Grant Program strengthens GCSAA's ties to the local community through our chapter affiliates," said Rhett Evans, chief executive officer for GCSAA. "We are especially thrilled that so many chapters have endorsed our "Thank a Superintendent" campaign to widen the reach we have through our advertising with the Golf Channel."
Chapters in the Carolinas, Louisiana-Mississippi, Nebraska, Ontario (CAN), Virginia and Western Washington are all buying air time and print space to share the chapter-branded message from top professional golfers, including Jack Nicklaus, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Michelle Wie, who all say, "If you love golf like I do, thank a golf course superintendent."
The Georgia and Florida chapters have other initiatives and will use the money to produce promotional videos, while the Michigan chapter will use the funds to underwrite the expense of a "Golf Day" in the state capital.
"We are looking forward to getting our chapter some exposure during the U.S. Open when a lot of the golf world is in town," said Paul Ramsdell, executive director at the Western Washington GCSA. Ramsdell plans to buy time on Golf Channel and Fox Sports from June 5-25. The U.S. Open will be played June 18-21 at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.
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