Golf course assistant superintendent
Born and raised in the coastal town of Hope, Maine, I have always been a lover of everything outdoors. I majored in Horticulture with a focus in golf course management at Southern Maine Community College; after which I completed the Winter School Turf program at Umass Amherst. I have since been working towards completing my bachelors degree in business management at the University of Southern Maine to expand my knowledge in other important areas of the industry.
I first realized my love for the industry when I spent the summer of 2012 in Colorado working as a grounds crew member at Pole Creek Golf Club. It was an incredible experience that left me with a desire to learn more about the trade and find success within the field.
In 2013 my love for the ocean brought me back to the grand state of Maine and I was hired as the second assistant at Portland Country Club, a Donald Ross designed course. Here my work included irrigation repair, spraying of greens, tees, and fairways along with hand watering, daily mowing, and course setup. During my time at PCC I was a part of a master plan renovation that included 86 new bunkers, 3 new tees, and 21,000 square feet of green expansion. Other construction projects around the course were also common assignments that I had.
Every learning opportunity that presented, I took. From volunteeing at multiple tournaments such as The Dell Technology Championship — 2015, 2016, 2017, where I worked directly with Tom Brodeur, to working with Dr. Swier at Weevil Trak — 2015,2016 to better understand annual blue grass weevils and the most effective way to control them.
In August 2017 I started as a first assistant at Fairview Country Club, a Robert Trent Jones designed course, working with Jim Pavonetti. Here I work to establish and enforce operating procedures and work standards that will produce high quality playing conditions and to ensure adequate performance and personal safety.
1241 King Street
Greenwich, CT 06831
Associates degree in Horticulture with a focus in Golf course management.
Certificate in Turf Management
Bachelors in Business Management
Grounds Crew — Pole Creek Golf Club; Tabernash, CO — 2013
As a grounds crew worker at Pole Creek, I performed tasks such as mowing, cutting down trees, cutting cups, ensuring greens were in perfect shape. I also helped with seeding and promotion of seed germination.
Being friendly and welcoming to all the guest and locals was an important element of my position.
Second Assistant — Portland Country Club; Falmouth, ME — 2013-2016
As a second assistant I kept the golf course looking it’s best. Tasks included irrigation repair, spraying of greens, tees, and fairways along with hand watering, daily mowing, and course setup.
Construction projects around the course were also common assignments that I had.
At Portland Country Club, a Donald Ross designed course, I worked in a high paced environment, lead and direct other crew members to get work done efficiently. Team collaboration was also a very important skill as I was expected to collaborate with both the Superintendent and 1st assistant in decision making and then proceeding to direct other crew members.
First Assistant — Fairview Country Club; Greenwich, Ct — August 2017 - Current
At Fairview Country Club, a Robert Trent Jones designed course, tasks include spraying, crew management, hand watering, irrigation repair, fertilizer application, and course set up. I work to establish and enforce operating procedures and work standards that will ensure adequate performance and personal safety. Technology skills — I work with spreadsheet software proficiently. I analyze information and evaluate results to choose the best solution to problems that arise. This position requires dependability and being responsible, Working to fulfilling obligations is crucial to the functionality of the crew.
In the spring of 2017 Portland Country Club completed a full master plan which included 86 new bunkers, green expansions as well as the addition of 3 Tees.
Annual Bluegrass Weevils, otherwise known as Hyperodes is a damaging insect that attacks both putting green surfaces and fairways. Dr. Sweir, the head scientist from Syngenta, and I did research to track and better understand Hyperodes to more effectively control them.
I have written two articles for the MetGCSA’s Tee To Green publication. My first article, “Assistants Career Development Day”, focused on how assistants can develop their skills in order to further advance in the field. “The Importance Of Volunteering for PGA Tournaments” is my second article, which is a featured article and will be published in the November issue.