KIG request letter

August 2016

To: MVGCSA Superintendents,

The Mississippi Valley GCSA is working closely with The University of Missouri Turfgrass Department in an effort to fund Turfgrass Research.  The “Keep It Green” Initiative was started in 2012 as a way for our association to support Mizzou’s turf program.  Many of the studies Mizzou researchers are currently working on are at the request of our membership, and benefit the Superintendent’s ability to grow quality turf in the greater St. Louis area.

Information gained from turfgrass research performed by Mizzou support a larger group than just our Superintendent’s.  Ultimately, golfers in our region benefit from increasingly better conditions on the courses here in St. Louis, not only through the hard work of golf course staffs, but from improved technology developed directly through Mizzou’s turf research.  There are many Universities who perform turfgrass research; however, because of the unusual weather conditions we experience in St. Louis throughout the year, we find that the University of Missouri is geographically positioned to offer us the most definitive results relative to our specific regional climate.

In an effort to broaden our base of donors and due to the idea that our regions players do in fact benefit largely from the University’s work, we are asking each area Club and Course to get involved in our ongoing efforts.  The summer of 2016 has again presented many challenges to area Turf Managers. This is a great opportunity to continue our support of the University’s research that can only benefit us, as we make our way through another year of tough summer stresses.

Please do your part at one of three levels: $100, $250 or $500.  Your donation will continue to fund many turfgrass projects on behalf of the MVGCSA, 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: Chuck Gast, 924 Waggoner Ave, Jerseyville Illinois 62052.

So far, we've had several donations submitted so please help us keep the ball rolling. Thank you in advance for your consideration in this matter and your assistance in maintaining MVGCSA’s goal of staying “Dedicated to better turf”.


Board of Directors – Mississippi Valley GCSA