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GCSAA Legacy Award winners announced

Scholarship program assists children and grandchildren of association members

Lawrence, Kan. (July 20, 2021) The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has awarded 20 college scholarships as part of its Legacy Awards program.

To be eligible, applicants must be a child or grandchild of a GCSAA member. The program is funded by GCSAA’s philanthropic organization, the GCSAA Foundation, and supported by Syngenta. Each grant is for $1,500.

"Beyond serving GCSAA’s members in their profession, we’re proud to extend our reach to their families by supporting their academic pursuits," GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans said. "The Legacy Awards help relieve some of the financial burden of higher education costs for our members’ families, thanks to the partnership of the GCSAA Foundation and Syngenta."

The awards are based on academic achievement, community involvement, extracurricular activities and leadership skills. Applicants must be enrolled full time at an accredited institution of higher learning, or for high school seniors, accepted at such an institution for the next academic year.

"Syngenta is dedicated to providing higher education via the Legacy Awards to further support GCSAA members and their family,” said Stephanie Schwenke, turf marketing manager for Syngenta. “Providing scholarships for students and grandchildren of association members is one way we can express our gratitude for the vital role superintendents play in sustaining the golf industry.”

2021 GCSAA Legacy Award winners (graduating high school seniors)
Mallory Hardesty, Western Kentucky University Richard Hardesty, Parent, Class B member, Fairway Golf Club, Wheatley, Ky.

Stephanie Lane, Fordham University Richard Lane, Parent, Class A member, Hackensack Golf Club, Oradell, N.J.

Molly MacDonald, Liberty University Brad MacDonald, Parent, Class A member, Granite Links Golf Club at Quarry Hills, Quincy, Mass.

Katherine Martell, Penn State University Scott Martell, Parent, Class B, Penn State Golf Course, Dallas, Texas

Zachary Marten, Concordia University Todd Marten, Parent, Class C member, Pine Hills Country Club, Sheboygan, Wis.

Laney Muench, Texas A&M University Tim Muench, CGCS, Parent, Class A member, City of Dallas Golf Course, Dallas, Texas

Alexander Schell, Villanova University Duane Schell, Parent, Class A member, Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club, Mountain Top, Pa.

Alexandra Urbanski, West Chester University Jonathan Urbanski, Parent, Class A, Wilmington Country Club, Wilmington, Del.

Ella Waddle, Iowa State University Brandon Waddle, Parent, Class A, Lake Panorama National Golf Course, Panora, Iowa

Tyson Warner, Middle Tennessee State University Tyler Warner, Parent, Class A, Andersons Inc., Maumee, Ohio

2021 GCSAA Legacy Award winners (college students)
Madeline Dykstra, Sierra College Kyle Dykstra, CGCS, Parent, Class A member, Sierra View Country Club, Roseville, Calif.

Madelyn George, University of Connecticut Peter George, Parent, Class A member, Ravenwood, Victor, N.Y.

Caylee Irving, Wichita State University Bill Irving, Parent, Class A member, Wolf Creek Golf Links, Olathe, Kan.

Julia Lupkes, Eastern Washington University Todd Lupkes, CGCS, Parent, Class A member, The Old Works Golf Course, Anaconda, Mont.

Marissa Marten, Martin Luther College Todd Marten, Parent, Class C member, Pine Hills Country Club, Sheboygan, Wis.

Kendall Robinson, University of Florida David Robinson, CGCS, Parent, Class A member, Marriott Golf, Orlando, Fla.

Mikayla Santjer, Northland College Ross Santjer, Parent, Class A member, Moccasin Creek Country Club, Aberdeen, S.D.

Lauren Seliga, The Catholic University of America Gordon Seliga, CGCS, Parent, Class A member, Lake View Country Club, North East, Pa.

Maggie Tylor, Juniata College Fred Taylor, CGCS, Parent, Class A member, Mankato Golf Club, Mankato, Minn.

Alexis Wynn, King University John Wynn, Parent, Class A member, WGC Golf Course, Xenia, Ohio

About GCSAA and the GCSAA Foundation
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 19,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at or find us on Facebook or Twitter. Visit our industry-leading magazine at

The GCSAA Foundation is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to secure funding and support to strengthen advocacy, education, and research that advances the work of golf course management professionals. Visit the Foundation at

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