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The IGA and the IGA Foundation have supported

turfgrass research and outreach programs for many

years. Tremendous progress has been made in en-

vironmental stewardship and sustainability through

these programs.

In 2016 the IGAF again contributed to the Iowa Turf

Institute in support of the

Iowa State University Turf

Extension Service

. This program benefits golf clubs

and golf course superintendents with timely infor-

mation and trouble-shooting consultation on turf is-

sues. The IGAF continues to be a

Gold Sponsor


the annual I

owa Turfgrass Conference

each January.

In 2015 and 2016 the IGA Foundation joined forces

with the Golf Course Superintendents of America

(GCSA), the Iowa GCSA and the Iowa Turf Institute

by providing $5,000 in funding to support a compre-


Water Quality Study for Iowa golf courses.

Results of the two year study will be published in

early 2017.

The IGA Foundation is working to “Impact the Fu-

ture” by supporting Junior Golf Programs state-

wide. In 2016 the IGAF provided funding and vol-

unteer time in support programs like The First Tee,

the Iowa PGA

“Swings with Kids” (Golf in Schools)

initiative and local Drive, Chip and Putt Competi-


With the development of

“Grow the Game Grants”

the IGAF is helping to fund specific school programs

in cooperation with Iowa PGA member profession-

als. Funds to support the purchase of equipment

and to provide education for the physical educa-

tion teachers are being provided.

Future efforts will focus on how to get those new

young golfers from the school to the golf course.

The IGAF needs the support of those who love the

game to help “Share the Game” with future gen-


Dr. Keith Schilling, University of Iowa Research Scientist

and Engineer, supervises the drilling of one of the six test

wells used in the Water Quality Research Project.

Matt Gatchel teamed up with his son, Mason, at the

2016 IGA Parent/Child Championship. The duo fin-

ished tied for fourth in the 9-10 age division.





Impacting the Future