Education Support Foundation


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Knowledge Equals Success
In 1996 the Michigan Golf Course Association created a separate tax exempt foundation with a mission of "providing training, education and professional development for Michigan golf course owners and operators." Because of the generous initial financial support from the Scott family of Gull Lake View Golf Course in Augusta, the Foundation was named in their honor.

The core belief of the MGCA "Scott Family" Educational Support Foundation is that continuing education opportunities are vital to the success of golf course owners and operators.

Activities of the ESF
The Foundation provides low cost seminars and training programs for owners, operators and key employees. Additionally, the Foundation helps underwrite the cost of presentations by nationally recognized speakers at our Golf Business Conference each fall.

Grants and Awards

Each year we recognize the creative drive of individuals and golf courses by providing grants for Player Development Leadership and Entrepreneurship. All members are invited to submit applications for these grants, given at our Golf Business Conference. If you have an idea that has benefitted your golf course, send it in. If you have administered a successful Player Development program, send it in.

Commitment to the Future
Help fulfil the mission of the MGCA "Scott Family" Educational Support Foundation by supporting our efforts. Both individual and business contributions are tax deductible.

2023 Matthews Lifetime Achievement Award

Nomination form (pdf) or (doc)  or email

Matthews Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual or organization that over the span of a lifetime has provided steadfast leadership, outstanding service, and continuous commitment to the Michigan golf industry. The award is named after W. Bruce Matthews, the first award recipient. Mr. Matthews spread his expertise throughout the fairways of Michigan for many generations.

2023 Lyle Leeke Award Distinguished Service Award

Nomination form (pdf) or (doc)or email

Lyle Leeke Distinguished Service Award is named after one of the founders of the MGCA, a gentleman who helped to create a voice for Michigan golf course owners. The recipient of the award is an individual or company who has displayed distinguished service to the MGCA and the golf industry.

2023 Dul Family Player Development Leadership Award Recognizing MGCA's Golf Course Operator's initiative in player development and retention.

Nomination form (.pdf) or (.doc) or email

2023 John Dodge "Carpe Diem" Award   Recognizing an employee of a MGCA member for innovation and initiative in the support and development of the golf business n which they are employed. Examples: new product, service, system or operation, technology, etc.

Nomination form (.pdf) or (.doc) or email

Award of Merit please email Jada at

For a  list of prior years Awards recipients click here.




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c: 517-285-4195


Milt Senter, Special Projects Coordinator
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