Thank Our 2017 Sponsors: Three Events Left This Year!

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Next up is the joint meeting with ESAGCS on Tuesday, Sept. 19. Get ready for lots of cool giveaways and some spirited competition.

Mark your calendars for October 23rd and the PAGCS Golf Championship at Waynesborough Golf Club. This will be one spectacular day with the ever popular crystal up for grabs!

We will close out the year with the Annual Meeting on November 6 at Ledgerock. Elections, awards and more! Be there!

None of this would be possible with our 2017 Sponsors. Please take the time to thank them for their support of the PAGCS and all of its members.

Meet the 2016 Recipients: PAGCS Turf Student Scholarship

The PAGCS is proud to offer the Turf Student Scholarship Program, helping advance the careers of talented men and women who will shape the future of the industry. This year’s deadline is fast approaching: click here for full details and application.

The 2016 recipients represent the top of their class, such as Joe Kopania. Joe was awarded the 2016 Frank I. Shuman Scholarship. This award is funded by the generosity of Frank’s son, Frank T. Shuman, in memory of his father. Frank I. Shuman was an industry leader and Eb Steiniger Award recipient. Like father, like son, Frank T. Shuman followed his dad’s lead and has been one of our industry’s best friends. In 2015, he was awarded the Eb Steiniger Award.

Joe Kopania is working on a Bachelor of Science in Turfgrass from Penn State University. A previous intern at the Bucks Club under Joe Agnew, he plans to graduate in May 2019.

Next up, meet Jacob Shughart, whose equally impressive resume includes stints at Maidstone Club and Bidermann Golf Club with Jon Urbanski. Jacob received one of two scholarships awarded in the name of the PAGCS. He earned his two- year certificate in turf from Penn State this past spring and currently serves as Assistant Project Manager at Total Turf with Greg Hufner.

The second recipient, Seamus Foley, is a current Penn State student, studying Turfgrass Science. Before heading to his current internship at Saucon Valley under Jim Roney, Seamus worked for John Gosselin at Aronimink. He plans to graduate this coming May.

Among the scholarships available each year, there is one that is the most tenured. The George E. Ley Scholarship, so named for its benefactor, has been awarded since the 1990s. George has supported the PAGCS, its members, and the Scholarship Program for decades, and the annual scholarship outings were his brainchild.

Please meet the 2016 George E. Ley Scholarship Recipient: Scott Musser. Scott earned his B.S. in Biology-Ecology from West Chester University in 2015 and proceeded to intern with Paul Stead, CGCS, at Kennett Square Golf & Country Club in 2016. He is now enrolled in Penn State’s World Campus working on a masters of science and has taken on the roll of Paul’s second assistant superintendent. Scott plans to graduate this December.

Please share the scholarship program information and the Sept. 30th deadline with any student you know who has worked or is working for a PAGCS superintendent:

Local Chapters Mourn the Loss of Industry Friend and Leader: Michael Gilmore

The PAGCS extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Michael J. Gilmore. Mike passed away on August 27, 2017. He was a former golf course superintendent, past president of MAAGCS, and more recently the owner of Growing Solutions.

Michael is the beloved husband of Jody Gilmore; cherished son of Jeanne S. Gilmore and the late Dr. George T. Gilmore; devoted father of Katherine Wroten and her husband Eric, Lucas Gardner and his wife Amanda, Christopher Gilmore, Jamieson Gilmore and the late Megan Ann Martinek; loving grandfather of Madison, Jonas, Jayce, Hannah and Olivia; dear brother of Susan, Timothy, Thomas, Patricia, Peter, Jeanne, Mary, Paul and the late George. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services were held on Friday, September 1, 2017. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Esophageal Cancer Action Network, P.O. Box 243, Stevenson, MD 21153.