Throughout my professional career I have had the opportunity to be associated with some
of the most well-respected golf clubs in the world—not to mention several world-class
Superintendents to gain expertise from in the industry. From my days as a teenager, I always
knew life on the golf course was for me, and have worked tirelessly to follow my passion
wherever it may lead.
It all started for me in my home state of Maryland, working at the local course during high
school. It was this experience that led to my interest in the business of turf and enrollment at
Penn State University to study Turfgrass Science. While in college, I was awarded with a
unique opportunity to become an intern at the famed Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.
I of course accepted the internship, and worked under the leadership of Matt Morton and Paul
Ramina. These industry veterans gave me a strong appreciation for the time and effort it takes
to run a high-profile golf facility. It was also my first chance to experience a restoration
project—a rebuild of several green platforms to their original size.
So strong was my desire to learn more from such well-respected professionals, I committed to an additional 2 internships with Mr. Ramina. He had left Riviera for Hamilton Farm Golf Club back on the East Coast in New Jersey. While working at Hamilton Farm I acquired the important abilities to deliver championship conditions and adhere to a strict attention-to-detail. After finishing my internships and graduating from Penn State in 2005, Mr. Ramina was pleased with my abilities and loyalty enough to hire me on to his full-time staff as an Irrigation Technician. A short six months later I was promoted to First Assistant Superintendent of the Highlands Course at Hamilton Farm. At this same time I was given the responsibility of assisting with hosting the HSBC Women's World Matchplay Championship.
In 2007, my career started a new chapter at Winged Foot Golf Club. Mr. Ramina had been hired as Director of Grounds at the club and asked if I would come along as his First Assistant. During my tenure at Winged Foot, I was charged with many projects such as construction of the driving range, tee and green expansions, large-scale drainage, and green surround regrassing. I also implemented chemical and fertilizer programs that were based on providing championship tournament conditions, which we delivered on a daily basis. Yet of all the experience I gained at Winged Foot, the most valuable asset to me now is the understanding of how important managing time and utilizing resources is to being a successful operation.
After 4 years at Winged Foot, I decided that additional experience with course construction and renovation would only further augment my growing skill-set. So I headed to Connecticut and Wee Burn Country Club, where they had planned to begin several new projects. Under the leadership of Superintendent Doug Drugo, I have been the supervisor of the new state-of-the-art $3.4M HDPE irrigation system, which stretches to 7 rows. I have also been exposed to varied forms of course projects, learning how to perform many of the tasks with in-house staff to save budget dollars and allow for greater flexibility on timing.
I have thoroughly enjoyed every opportunity and year spent at each club I have had the privilege to serve. I feel each experience has offered me a different viewpoint on how to maintain a facility, and has given me to ability to implement an outstanding operation of my own as Superintendent of my next club.
Pennsylvania State University - State College, Pennsylvania
B.S. - Turfgrass Science, 2005
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Metropolitan Golf Course Superintendent Association
Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council
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