The Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association has awarded 16 recipients $1,000 each to further their education through the 2016 Bennett-Maples Scholarships. The winners are all children or grandchildren of Carolinas GCSA superintendent and assistant superintendent members. Scholarship winners were chosen from a strong list of applicants.
Traditionally, the Carolinas GCSA awards 15 scholarship but was able to offer one extra this year after a donation from the Blue Ridge Turfgrass Association, one of 13 local turfgrass and superintendent associations in the region.
The Bennett-Maples Scholarships are named in honor of Grant Bennett and Henson Maples, who founded the Carolinas GCSA in 1954. As part of the application process, applicants are asked to write an essay of 500 to 750 words describing how their parent’s or grandparent’s role as a golf course superintendent influenced them.
Students must be enrolled full-time at an accredited institution of higher learning or, in the case of high school seniors, be accepted at such an institution for the next academic year. Students must also demonstrate a broad base of interests including involvement, volunteer activities and outside employment.
This year’s scholarship recipients were:
Bailey Cavender – Family of David Cavender, Cobblestone Park Golf Club, Blythewood, SC.
Parker Corey – Family of Robert Corey, CGCS Indian Valley Golf Club, Burlington, NC.
John Garrett – Family of Donald Garrett, CGCS Walker Course at Clemson, Clemson, SC.
Blakeney Keck – Family of Brian Keck, Retired, Little River, SC.
Ally Kristan – Family of David Kristan, 401 Par Golf, Raleigh, NC.
Trad Lamonds – Family of Ron Kelly, CGCS Country Club of North Carolina, Pinehurst, NC.
Skylar Lashley – Family of Kevin Lashley, Ocean Point Golf Course, Fripp Island, SC.
Bailey Lewis – Family of Billy Lewis, Dormie Club, West End, NC.
Stevie Martin – Family of Steven Martin, CGCS River’s Edge Golf Club, Shallotte, NC.
Joanne McDanel – Family of Greg McDanel, CGCS, Rolling Hills Country Club, Monroe, NC.
Mandolin Moody – Family of Randy Moody, Kiawah Island – River Course Kiawah Island, SC.
Samuel Rothwell – Family of Paul Rothwell, Oyster Reef Golf Club, Hilton Head Island, SC.
Patrick Saber – Family of Daniel Saber, CGC Pawleys Plantation, Pawleys Island, SC.
Jacob Thompson – Family of Tony Mackey, Fairmont Golf Course, Fairmont, NC.
Margaret Warner – Family of Robert Warner, Retired, Surfside Beach, SC.
Jana Yount – Family of David Yount, Bermuda Run Country Club, Bermuda Run, NC.