KIG letter 2019

July 1, 2019

To: MVGCSA Superintendent’s and Assistant Superintendent’s,


The Mississippi Valley GCSA continues to work closely with The University of Missouri Turfgrass Department in efforts to fund turf research specific to our region. The “Keep It Green” initiative was started in 2012 as a way for our association to support Mizzou’s turf program. Several turfgrass studies currently underway at Mizzou are at the specific request of our membership, and benefit the Superintendent’s ability to consistently maintain quality turf in the greater St. Louis area.

Turfgrass research information presented by the University, supports a larger group than just our Superintendents. Ultimately, golfers in our region benefit from increasingly better conditions on the courses here, not only through the hard work of golf course personnel, but from the improved technology developed through turf research. There are select Universities throughout the U.S. that perform these types of studies. However, because of the unusual weather conditions we experience in the St. Louis region, we find that the University of Missouri is geographically positioned to offer us the most definitive results given our unique climate.

In an effort to broaden our base of donors, and due to the idea that our regions golfers do in fact directly benefit from University turfgrass research, we are asking each area Club and Course to please participate in our program. This “Keep It Green” initiative is a great opportunity to continue to effectively support University research that benefits many with improved turf quality, as we make our way through challenging weather conditions here in the Midwest.

Please do your part at one of three levels: $100, $250 or $500. Your donation will continue to help fund many projects on our behalf, and significantly aide each area Golf Course Superintendent with the necessary tools to provide better turf conditions for the future of the game.

Please return the enclosed invoice with your donation to the MVGCSA. Additionally, you may go online at and submit your donation there. Your facility will be recognized on the homepage of the MVGCSA website.

Thank you in advance for your support of our 2019 efforts to “Keep It Green”!



Board of Directors – Mississippi Valley GCSA