The ESAGCS Founders Scholarship
The Founders Scholarship is dedicated to those founding members of our association who had the vision to create an association based on the free exchange of knowledge and experiences in the field of golf course management, all in a relaxed and friendly way that is indicative of life here on the Eastern Shore.
The Drew Smith Memorial Scholarship
Drew Smith was a Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. During his thirteen year turf management career, Drew was employed at Hunt Valley Country Club, The Country Club of Hershey, River Run Golf Club, Rum Pointe Golf Links, The Bay Club Golf Course, and most recently as Assistant Golf Course Superintendent at The Links at Lighthouse Sound.
Drew’s love for all aspects of the game of golf inspired him to volunteer his time and knowledge at the Scottish Open in Loch Lomond, Scotland in 2002, and other tournaments in the United States. He enjoyed that so much that when the opportunity presented itself he gladly volunteered to work for the maintenance crew at the 2003 Nissan Open at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California. Drew passed away unexpectedly from a heart condition on February 16, 2003 while working at this tournament in California.
This scholarship has been created out of love and respect for Drew by his friends, family and colleagues. Its intent is to assist a turfgrass management student who has a similar passion for the golf industry and one who demonstrates the drive, determination and financial need that Drew would have had himself.
Please tell us in 100 words or less what qualities illustrate your personal zeal for the game of golf, and especially for a career in the golf turf management industry.