For almost 25 years the Central New York GCSA (CNGCSA) has been holding its “Poa Annual” golf tournament to raise money for turfgrass research. Started in 1982, the tournament has been played at various golf courses in Central New York. This year it was held at the Cavalry Club in Manlius, NY.
Through hard work and persistence, the chapter has built the tournament from its small beginnings, to the must-attend event it is today. “I can remember when there weren’t much more than a handful of foursomes in the early days!” James Popielarcyzk, CNGCSA secretary/treasurer, said.
“It’s definitely become the event that we all look forward to attending,” Pat Carroll, CGCS, director of golf course operations at the Cavalry Club, said. “We had 36 teams of five this year, and we had to turn some folks away. It’s like that every year,” Carroll added. “Not only does it raise money for turfgrass research, it’s a wonderful opportunity to catch up with folks you might only see once a year.”
Richard T. Perry, CGCS, CNGCSA executive director, says that the chapter clears between $6,500 and $7,000 each year on the tournament, and their total is now over $100,000. Ninety-five percent of the money has gone to turf research at Cornell, Cobleskill and Delhi. “This year we also decided to start a scholarship for children and grandchildren of chapter members,” Perry said.
Elizabeth Seme, executive director of the New York State Turfgrass Association, says that the Central New York GCSA tournament is a well-run, well-attended event. Most of the GCSAA-affiliated chapters in the state host some sort of research tournament, but Central New York’s was the first. “Superintendents are the backbone of so many of the things that we do here,” Seme said.
Congratulations to the Central New York GCSA for reaching a major milestone in your fundraising efforts!
Submitted by Richard T. Perry, CGCS, executive
director Central New York GCSA.
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