August 19, 2013

GCSAA Announces Essay Contest Winners

Derek Pruyne, John Parvin, and Dan Strey, are winners of the 2013 Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Student Essay Contest.

Open to GCSAA members who are undergraduate or graduate students pursuing degrees in turfgrass science, agronomy or any field related to golf course management, the GCSAA Essay Contest accepts entries with a focus on golf course management. The scholarship funding is provided by the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) through the Robert Trent Jones Endowment. The EIFG is GCSAA’s philanthropic organization.

Judges from the GCSAA Scholarship Committee select winners to receive scholarships and the first place entry may be published or excerpted in the association’s official publication, GCM.

Pruyne, from State College, Pa., is a first-year graduate student at Penn State University. He won the first place scholarship of $2,000 for his essay: “Implications of Rising Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide on Turfgrass Systems.”

Parvin, from White Lake Township, Mich., is a senior at Michigan State University. With his paper “Golf Course Management, a Stimulating Science,” Parvin won the second place prize of $1,500 for the second consecutive year.

Strey, from Ames, Iowa, is in his first year of graduate school at Iowa State University. He claimed the third place award of $1,000 for his writing: “Alternatives to Synthetic Herbicides.”

“Derek, John and Dan are wonderful examples of the industry’s future,” GCSAA President Patrick R. Finlen, CGCS, said. “We are proud to honor their achievements on behalf of the GCSAA membership, and it will be exciting to see where they go from here.”
About the EIFG

The EIFG is the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, and has as its mission to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. With respect for the game and the environment, the EIFG inspires environmental, social and economic progress through golf for the benefit of communities. Collaboration between the golf industry, environmental interests and communities will lead to programs and services beneficial to all who come into contact with the game of golf. Visit the EIFG at

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