Support Turfgrass Research for Southern Illinois by being a Hole Sponsor or sponsor a team in the

Annual SIGCSA Fundraiser Golf event!

The 2018 SIGCSA Fundraiser 4 person scramble will be held at Tamarack GC in O’Fallon, IL on Thursday Sept. 13th

Hole Sponsor Opportunity $100

Sponsor Team Entry $360 (4 person scramble)

Please contact Executive Director John Kueper at for Team Entry form or Hole Sponsor Opportunity for 2018


About the SIGCSA Turfgrass/Scholarship Fundraiser

The SIGCSA annually holds a fundraiser each fall and makes a yearly donation to Turfgrass Research and makes scholarships available to SIGCSA Members. This year the SIGCSA donated $3,000 to scholarship applicants for college tuition and plan to donate $2,000 to the University of Missouri Turfgrass Program in conjunction with the MVGCSA to benefit a Turfgrass Research project beneficial to our region. The SIGCSA offers $1,000 Legacy college scholarships for children or grandchildren as a benefit to our members.

2017 Annual SIGCSA Fundraiser Golf Event

2017 Annual Turfgrass/Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Scramble was conducted Wednesday September 20th at Gateway National Golf links in Madison, IL.

116 players enjoyed a great day of golf at Gateway National Golf Links.

The day began with a lunch buffet at 11 followed by a 18 hole 4 person scramble. Appetizers and awards followed the golf.

Special thanks to the management of Gateway National, course Supt. Steve Leach and Director of Golf Shawn Barnes for providing an excellent venue for the Annual Fundraiser.

Through the generousity of all participants, Afilliate Vendors and Hole Sponsors this years Fundraiser was able to award 3 Gene Schulte Memorial Scholarships and raise money for Turfgrass Research at the University of Missouri Turf Program.

A $1,000.00 Gene Schulte Memorial Legacy Scholarship was awarded to:

Madison Brown, Adam Kane and Mallory Zoller

Congratulations to all!

2017 Contributing Hole Sponsors

Silver Partners

  • Advanced Turf Solutions
  • Erb Turf Equipment
  • John Deere Golf
  • EZGO – Cushman
  • Midwest Turf Inc.
  • MTI Distributing (Toro)
  • Site One
  • Supreme Turf Products

Bronze Partners

  • BASF
  • Heartland Turf Farms Inc.

SIGCSA Affiliate Members

  • Battery Specialists
  • Bayer
  • MPR Supply
  • Patten Seeds
  • Redexim Turf Products
  • Schuette Seeds
  • Schaefer-Meyer Seed/Sod
  • Syngenta
  • Winfield

Hole Sponsor Supporters

  • Carpenter Electric
  • Cleary Nu Farm
  • CompuType
  • Dow Agra Sciences
  • EC Grow
  • Effingham CC
  • GreensPro
  • Grey Eagle Distributing
  • HMG Engineering
  • Krehbiel Accounting
  • Malisko Engineering
  • Merz Vault Co INC
  • Metropolitan Amateur Golf Assoc.
  • Mitchel Printing
  • Munie Greencare Professionals
  • Pollock Landscaping
  • Quali-Pro
  • Rain For Rent
  • Rend Lake GC
  • Rolling Hills GC
  • Spencer T Olin GC
  • The Rock GC
  • The Orchards GC
  • Trenton House Restaurant
  • Turfwerks

SIGCSA President James Gray presents $1,000 Legacy Scholarship checks to 2018 recipients at the Annual Meeting in October at Greenview GC

Jim Ashby accepts check for Mallory Zoller
Tim Johnson accepts check for Adam Kane
Tom Brown accepts check for Madison Brown

Timeline of Past Fundraiser Notes & Photos

Host Supt. Steve Leach

3 $1,000.00 Scholarships awarded to; Madison Brown, Adam Kane and Mallory Zoller

$2,000.00 to be donated to University of Missouri Turfgrass Program

Host Supt: Tim Johnson

3 $1,000.00 Scholarships awarded; Colleen Ashby, Foster Gundlach and Jack McDonald

Host Supt: Mike Clark

Course Owner: Steve Whritenour

3 $1,000 scholarships awarded; Carly Shields, Courtney Smith, Megan Zoller

Host Supt: Lee Miller

2 $1,000 scholarships awarded Thomas Simpson, Andrew Simpson

Host Supt: Mike Daugherty

2 $1,000 Scholarships awarded: MacKenzie Zoller, Delani Graves-Napier.

The 2013 Annual Turfgrass/Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Event was conducted at Sunset Hills Country Club, Edwardsville, IL on Monday October 7th with Mike Daugherty serving as Host Golf Course Superintendent. As always the SIGCSA would like to extend its gratitude to all of the paticipants, sponsors and the entire staff at Sunset Hills Country Club for their contributions to make the event a success.

Two $1,000.00 scholarships each were awarded this year.

Scholarship recipients:

  • Delani Graves – Napier, Daughter of James Gray, Superintendent, Union County CC
  • MacKenzie Ellen Zoller, Granddaughter of Jim Ashby, Superintendent Rend Lake GC

Congratulations to both!

Host Supt: Josh Gaebe

3 $1,000 scholarships awarded: Corey Johnson, Cassy Shields, Ashley Siegel

The SIGCSA Annual Turfgrass Fundraiser Golf Scramble was held Thursday September 20th at Kokopelli Golf Club, with Josh Gaebe serving as Host Superintendent.

The SIGCSA wishes to thank all the generous Hole Sponsors and participants for their loyal support of the annual Turfgrass/Scholarship Fundraiser. We also want to thank the entire staff at The Links of Kokopelli for providing a wonderful venue for this years event.

Three Gene Schulte Memorial Scholarships of $1,000.00 each were awarded this year.

Scholarship recipients are:

  • Cory Johnson, Son of Tim Johnson – Assistant Supterintendent Sunset Hills Country Club
  • Cassy Shields, Daughter of Dave Shields – Supreme Turf Products
  • Ashley Siegel, Daughter of Allen Siegel – Superintendent Cardinal Creek Golf Course

Congratulations to all!

Host Supt: John Soetart

3 $1,000 scholarships awarded: Tyler Daugherty, Christian Gundlach, Alexandra McDonald.

There were 3 Gene Schulte Memorial Scholarship Award winners in 2011. The scholarships were awarded at the SIGCSA Fundraiser at Annbriar Golf Club on September 29th to:

  • Tyler Daugherty, son of Mike Daugherty of Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville, IL
  • Christian Gundlach, daughter of Greg Gundlach of Heartland Turf Farms in Columbia, IL
  • Alexandra McDonald, daughter of Jeff and Carolyn McDonald of Twin Oaks Golf Club in Greenville, IL

Thank you note from Alexandra McDonald addressed to Mr. Watson, Board & Members of the SIGCSA:

I want to thank you for the generous scholarship. I am a freshman at S.L.U. studying nursing and this check has helped cover book expenses and some tuition costs.  My entire life my Dad has been a golf course Superintendent. I seen first hand the commitment, hard work & time dedicated to his profession. I have the utmost respect for all of you. The past 5 years, I helped mow and work in the clubhouse @ Twin Oaks & appreciate what you do!

Sincerely & again Thanks!

-Alex McDonald

Host Supt: Chris Ashby

1 scholarship awarded $1,000.00 to Andrew McDonald

The 2010 Gene Schulte Memorial Scholarship winner was Andrew McDonald, son of Jeff and Carolyn McDonald of Twin Oaks Golf Club. The Scholarship was awarded at the SIGCSA Fundraiser in September at Green Hills Country Club.

Host Supt: Mike Daugherty

Scholarships Awarded to; Chelsi Braye, Ashley Rakers $1,000.00 ea

June 2009 marked the passing of longtime SIGCSA Executive Director Mr. Gene Schulte and to honor the contributions and the dedication to the SIGCSA the Legacy Scholarship has been renamed the Gene Schulte Memorial Scholarship.

There were two applicants for the inaugural scholarship of the Gene Schulte Memorial Scholarship and these were awarded at the SIGCSA 2009 Fundraiser held at Sunset Hills CC in Edwardsville, IL.  The recipients were Chelsi Braye daughter of Bryan Braye Superintendent of Greenville CC in Greenville,IL and Ashley Rakers daughter of  Paul Smith Superintendent of Bent Oak Golf Course in Breese, IL. Congratulations!!

Gene's wife Mary Jo and son Tim presenting the scholarships to Bryan Braye
Gene's wife Mary Jo and son Tim presenting the scholarships to Paul Smith.

Host Supt: Mike Daugherty

Scholarship awarded to: Kyleigh Johnson

The 2008 Legacy Scholarship winner was Kyleigh Johnson, daughter of  Tim Johnson fron Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville, IL. The Scholarship was awarded at the SIGCSA Fundraiser in September 2008.

Host Supt: Mike Daugherty

Host Supt: Jim Groves

Host Supt: Allen Siegel

Hunter Johnston Legacy scholarship winner $1,000.00

Host Supt. John Forys

Host Supt. Chris Ashby

Host Supt: John Soetaert

Host Supt: Allen Siegel

Host Supt: John Soetaert

Host Supt: Chris Ashby

Host Supt: Allen Siegel