Golf is a passion for me in both my career and personal life, it always has been. I can remember taking lessons with family and friends during my youth, and playing in many outings with my parents and grandparents. What started out as a family pastime, quickly led to a serious career path for me as I progressed in age. As I began in college, I had already built up an admiration for the architectural and operational details involved with courses, so it was natural for my studies to revolve around golf.
During my studies at Michigan State University, I was awarded an internship at Deepdale Golf Club in Long Island, NY. This was my first introduction to historic clubs, immaculate course conditioning, and classic architecture. The club also hosted the New York Metropolitan Amateur Tournament, a major event in the region. This experience shaped how I view golf course management today.
Upon graduation, I landed my first Assistant position at a private club in the Greater Detroit area, Chemung Hills. Just two short years after my start here, Deepdale came calling for me again, this time as a member of the management team. For the next two years I worked tirelessly to keep the course in prime condition and also assisted with bunker and greens renovation work with architect Tripp Davis. This extended stay at Deepdale only reinforced my principles of cutting edge maintenance with a premium on playability.
As much as I enjoyed Deepdale, I decided to return home to Michigan, accepting the Assistant position at Cedar River Golf Club at Shanty Creek, a large 72-hole golf and ski resort. I was able to apply my knowledge and techniques that elevated the overall quality and playability of the course, remedied reoccurring problem areas, and dried the course out with tighter watering practices. These conditions resulted in my promotion the following year to Superintendent of The Legend and Summit courses at the same resort.
At this point, I decided to take on a new challenge at a similar, resort-styled facility, The Otsego Club. As the Superintendent, I instituted an aggressive thatch management program on the greens with verticutting, rolling, slicing and topdressing. I was appointed Facilities’ Director to manage all aspects of the resort, which includes 36 holes of golf and a fully serviced ski resort, further adding to my talents.
In 2017, I was given an opportunity to manage a complex golf operation, Treetops Resort. During my time here I am bringing all of my past experience in transforming course conditions, and have delivered on those goals thus far.
I continually study golf architecture, stay up to date on the latest industry trends, and strive to provide impeccable course conditions on a daily basis. My passion for golf has only grown since my career began and I look forward to many more years of successful results in the industry.
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
A.S. in Turfgrass Management
NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
MICHIGAN STATE CERTIFIED PESTICIDE APPLICATOR
GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENTS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
Class ‘A’ Superintendent
MICHIGAN GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENTS ASSOCIATION
Elected to the Board of Directors, 2006 – 2007 (NMTMA)
Chapter Treasurer, Education, Environmental, and Technicians Committee
MICHIGAN TURFGRASS FOUNDATION
The Pilot Program participant, an agricultural container recycling initiative