PAGCS Presents Top Award to Frank Shuman at Annual Meeting

The PAGCS 2015 Annual Meeting provided an opportunity for the Association to recognize some of its esteemed members. Among them, Frank T. Shuman, the 2015 recipient of the Eberhard Steiniger Award for service to PAGCS and the turfgrass industry.

The Eb Steinger award is presented to a turfgrass professional in the Philadelphia Region who exemplifies the spirit of Eberhard Steiniger, CGCS. No one in the PAGCS ranks does this more so than Frank Shuman. Frank is a tireless advocate of the golf course superintendent and selflessly devoted to advancing the profession and the game of golf.

The Eb Steiniger award is in honor of a man who dedicated his life to the game of golf by advancing the profession of golf course superintendent. Eb was the longtime superintendent at Pine Valley Golf Club in Pine Valley, NJ. His innovative research, mentoring of future superintendents, and professional involvement locally and nationally have made him a legend in the profession.

Many of the same things can be said about Frank, and more. As PAGCS Member Bill Corcoran said in his nomination letter, “Over the years, Frank has helped the PAGCS in many ways. He has also assisted people in the golf industry who were down on their luck. Not a few time, but on many occasions. All with the intent that no one found out.”

It is because of Frank’s devotion that the PAGCS is able to award a scholarship each year to a deserving turf student: “he has entrusted our association with over $20,000 to award scholarships at our discretion! To my knowledge we have bestowed 10 applicants various monitory awards that have assisted them in pursuing a career in turfgrass management with the funds Frank has unselfishly donated to us,” attests Jay Parisien, CGCS.

It would be horribly remiss to close without also mentioning Frank’s devotion to The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia. In honor of Frank and the First Tee, the PAGCS sold Mulligans at the Annual Meeting and donated all the proceeds to Frank and the First Tee. Frank promptly matched the funds, and last we heard, Walnut Lane Golf Club, home of the First Tee here in Philly, now has a lovely new backpack blower and commercial grade trimmer.

PAGCS Awards Scholarships in Honor of Shuman, Ley

martinez shumanEach year, the PAGCS awards scholarships to deserving turf students who work for PAGCS members. This year, the PAGCS awarded two scholarships:  one Frank I. Shuman  and one George E. Ley Turf Student Scholarship.

The George E. Ley Turf Student Scholarship was awarded to Brandon McNally, an intern at Bidermann Golf Club working for PAGCS member Jon Urbanski. Brandon is studying turf science management at Purdue and aims to graduate with a B.S. in 2017.

The George E. Ley Turf Student Scholarship gets its roots from George Ley and his generosity and desire to give back to the industry. George, a tireless supporter of the golf turf profession, began hosting golf outings to raise funds for scholarships in the 1990s.

The Frank I. Shuman Scholarship was created by Frank’s son, Frank T., to honor his father. The younger Frank, another quiet and tireless devotee of the golf turf profession and the golf course superintendent, has generously donated to this scholarship fund for a decade. This year’s recipient, Luis Martinez, also works at Bidermann and attends Penn State. He plans to graduate from the Golf Course Turfgrass Management Two-Year Program this coming spring.