Canadian Golf Superintendent 430Jessica Aytoun, course superintendent for Sutton Creek Golf Club in Essex, Ont., was one of seven recipients to receive an expenses-paid trip to participate in the 2014 Golf Industry Show (GIS) in Orlando, Fla., last month.

This is the 10th year the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) has partnered with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and Bayer Environmental Science to send golf course superintendents to the annual show through Bayer’s superintendent grant program.

The purpose of the grant is to assist golf course superintendents with their professional development through participation in a comprehensive education program and trade show available in the industry.

“GCSAA and the EIFG are grateful for our continued relationship with Bayer, a relationship that supports the development of these superintendents,” said GCSAA president, Patrick R. Finlen, CGCS. “We all recognize the importance of promoting a strong future for our industry by helping golf course superintendents stay current in their ever-evolving professional roles.”

This year’s winners received airfare, hotel accommodations for five nights, conference full-pack registration, two educational seminars, as well as $200 spending money. The Bayer Superintendent Grant Program is funded by a grant from the EIFG supported by Bayer.

“Bayer is proud to continue working with GCSAA and the EIFG to contribute to the advancement of the golf course management profession,” said David Wells, golf business manager for Bayer’s turf and ornamentals business. “We are pleased to support these outstanding organizations in our industry as well as the superintendents who are a part of them.”