Who are the 10 lucky winners of the Envu Superintendent Grant Program in 2023?

By: February 1, 2023

Envu has partnered with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) to send up to 10 members to the annual GCSAA Conference and Trade Show.

The Envu Superintendent Grant Program (formerly the Bayer Superintendent Grant Program) assists golf course superintendents with their professional development.

10 members have been chosen to participate in the Envu Superintendent Grant Program for the 2023 GCSAA Conference and Trade Show in Orlando.

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As part of the selection process, an emphasis was placed on leadership and inclusion – motivating their teams and embracing and encouraging

  • individual differences,
  • life experiences,
  • knowledge,
  • innovation,
  • self-expression,
  • unique capabilities, and
  • talent.

The 2023 Envu Superintendent Grant Program winners

  • Brian Biagi of Stoneridge Golf Club in Blanchard, Idaho
  • James Cochran Jr. of Waynesboro Country Club in Waynesboro, Ga.
  • Abraham Michael Coulsey of Rochelle Ranch Golf Course in Rawlins, Wyo.
  • Patrick McIntyre of Buffalo Olmstead Golf Courses in Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Andrew Moore of Bear Ridge Golf Club in Waco, Texas
  • Sheldon Priest of Eagle Mountain Golf Course in Brigham City, Utah
  • Cody Sander of Drumm Farm Golf Club in Independence, Mo.
  • Michael Sharpe of Montclair Golf Club in West Orange, N.J.
  • Michael Sisk of St. Clair Golf Club in St. Clair, Mich.
  • Jesse Sutton of Fox Run Golf Club in Ludlow, Vt.

The winners’ trips are funded by the Envu Superintendent Grant Program, through Envu, a company founded in 2022 that is built on years of Bayer experience, for the “sole purpose of advancing healthy environments for everyone, everywhere.”

The grants are awarded by the GCSAA Foundation, the philanthropic organization of GCSAA.

The importance of employee recognition

When I am talking about employee recognition at conferences, I mean creating a culture of rewarding work, feelings of appreciation, and happy people.

If your golf club’s employee reward and recognition policy focus on incentivizing initiatives, efforts, and achievements of employees for learning and development, then it will be a very successful golf club.

Try to figure out what are your golf club employees’ motivations, goals, and needs and recognize and reward them accordingly. This can create a positive feedback loop.

My recommendations
  • Link rewards and recognition to participation in such activities provide immediate benefits to the employees in form of monetary gratification and social visibility.
  • Make it aspirational! Both the monetary value and the social visibility of the rewards and recognition act as incentives for the employees.
  • A good rewards and recognition program built around learning and development with the concept of gamification can capture the attention and interest of the employees.