RIGCSA - History of the Scholarship and Research Tournament
The Rhode Island Golf course Superintendents Association has had a long history of providing scholarships and research grants to universities and university students. Founded and conceptualized in 1983 by then President John Streeter it was the goal of the association to assist not only our profession but to provide financial assistance to students at accredited universities. The original annual tournament which is the main fundraiser was held at Valley Country Club where John Streeter was superintendent. Some of the individuals responsible for the start up include Mark Richard, Richard Lombardi, Joe Ray, Don Silven, Jim Piquette Mike Iacono, Vin Iacono and John Lensing as well as, continued support from board and committee members over the years. The initial three years was a learning process for the concept but in the fourth year this worthy undertaking took off and has continued to this day. In 2017, it will be the 35th Anniversary of the Scholarship and Research Tournament.
The RIGCSA annually awards scholarships and research grants under the following criteria.
1. The C.R. Skogley Memorial scholarship, named for the renowned URI turfgrass scientist, professor and innovator, is awarded to a University of Rhode Island turfgrass management student.
2. An employee of a RIGCSA member who is enrolled in an accredited turfgrass management university program.
3. RIGCSA member children and grandchildren who are attending accredited university studies either in turf management or other degree pursuits.
4. The Ryan Reynolds Legacy Award began in 2005.
The Scholarship and Research Committee are able to annually award several students scholarships through years of planning, dedication and commitment to the original concept and goals. The annual tournament has been hosted by over twenty member clubs over its inception. The RIGCSA members and volunteers have truly come a long way since the early inception of this worthy undertaking and look forward to continued success with providing assistance to those furthering research and educational goals.
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