We’re Happy To Help

For a number of years now, we have been offering a couple two year legacy scholarships through the GCSAA’s Environmental Institute of Golf.  Congratulations to second year recipient Jackson Esoda, son of Mark Esoda, CGCS, Atlanta CC in Marietta, GA.  New recipients include, Jenna Gunselman, step-daughter of Jeffrey Madsen, The Club at Fairvue Plantation in Gallatin, TN; Eric Andersen, son of Jeff Andersen, Ute Creek GC in Longmont, CO; and Morgan Millies, daughter of Jeffrey Millies, CGCS at Edgewood GC in Big Bend, WI.

We at Par Aide, are pleased to be able to assist with the high costs of a college education.  The young people who are awarded the Joseph S. Garske Collegiate Grants have earned the funding through an application process.  We initiated these grants as a way of saying thank you to the golf course Superintendents who have provided Par Aide the success it enjoys.  It has always been my belief that Superintendents work a labor of love.  Given their responsibilities and talents, I believe that they settle for less of an income than they could earn in other professions and thus college education funding for their children is more of a hardship.

The name of our scholarship, Joseph S. Garske Collegiate Grant, was meant as a tribute to my father and the founder of Par Aide who had only a 6th grade education and showed an interest in helping others go well beyond what he had.

In an effort to provide more students with funding we have decided to go away from the two year grants and instead double the number of recipients.  We ask that you have your son or daughter apply and/or let any fellow Superintendents know that these funds are available.  For full details, contact the GCSAA.

Trade Shows

For the last few years my trade show participation with the exception of the GIS has been quite limited.  Par Aide’s Dan Brown and Scott Melling now handle most all of the regional shows.  I do some of our International ones.  What are your thoughts on them?

For as along as I have been in the business, trade show attendance and value to the vendors has been discussed and debated.  There was a time when a Superintendent would attend the show to look at and compare various products, similar to going to the supermarket.  Then over the years with added competition, it seemed that the need to attend was mitigated by the willingness of sales organizations to bring the product(s) to the Superintendents, to test and see on their own particular turf.  Trade show attendance tapered and the motivation to go to the conference seemed to shift to gaining education credits or certifications, which can now be done online.

Have trade shows become more irrelevant in light of the Internet and pressure to stay “at home” (home and office)?  I hope not.  The camaradarie and general industry knowledge shared was a part of what made/makes our industry so great.  Getting together with buddies, a couple nights out, trading stories and lies; these made memories for me that I cherish to this day.

Scholarships

In my opinion, the Superintendent’s occupation is a “labor of love”.

Long hours, over exposure to the sun, saddled with the tasks of human resources, budget control, planning, purchasing, agronomy, and generally all for less pay than many who have only one of the above responsibilities.  And up here in the north, when kids are out of school and so involved with outdoor activities like soccer and baseball, taking time off is tough.  It’s no wonder that there are not more divorces and alcoholism than there probably is.

But back to the pay issue.  Superintendent’s kids are hardly assured of a college experience with the costs being what they have been and are.  However, with all of that said, it is interesting when we learn of the small number of applicants for scholarships and the fact that many are not even awarded due to lack of applicants.

They are out there!

Encourage your son or daughter to look into it and please do not let them tell you that “they will never get one”.  Many have nothing to do with grades, family income, or whatever.  A good place to start looking – GCSAA and your local association.