Earlier this spring, our staff constructed a forward tee on the fourteenth hole, per the Golf Course Master Plan provided by Andrew Green, illustrated in the picture below and labeled as “D.” We returned again this fall to add a flat deck tee, labeled above as “E.”Our intern, Matt Gillespie, was given the reigns on this task and did an outstanding job!This improvement was accomplished in a matter of days, from start to finish, that included removing and storing the existing turf; hauling and leveling the soil sub-grade; and setting the turf back in place. This new teeing ground will bring enjoyment to all level of golfers and this task was accomplished with our team members!
Towards the end of August, we celebrated one of our own. Hector Munoz Torres became a 10-year member of our department. He is surrounded by fellow team members: (left to right) John Lermond, A.J. Josefoski, Dave Ward, Dario Valerio, Ray Lewandowski, Matt Gillespie, Jacob Williams, Andrew Furman, Nathan Hawk, Christian Kobosko and Matt Zimmerman.
In November, our student intern Matt Gillespie, was the recipient of two scholarships!
Matt was selected by the Eastern Shore Association of Golf Course Superintendents for the Mike Gilmore Memorial Scholarship totaling $1,000. In the picture above (left to right) is Bill Reil (Gibson Island Club), President; Tom Gillespie (Dad); Matt Gillespie; Tom Tipton (Prospect Bay), Past-President and Joe Perry (Eagles Landing Golf Club).
Matt was also selected by the Philadelphia Association of Golf Course Superintendents (PAGCS) as the recipient of the George E. Ley Scholarship in the amount of $2,000. Picture above with Matt is Derrick Wozniak (Radley Run Country Club), President of the PAGCS. Derrick is alumnus of the Bidermann turf program, having worked as First Assistant Superintendent from 2005 – 2008.
On behalf of everyone involved at the Club, we congratulate Hector and Matt on these wonderful achievements!
Each year, our team seeks to fill one, if not two positions on our staff with students from colleges and universities throughout the nation. Our goal, upon completion of the season-long program, is that our student(s) have been prepared in a manner that will enable them to attain the position of Second Assistant Golf Course Superintendent.
Our recruiting process is vigorous and students we have employed since the inception of our nationally recognized program, have been awarded over $18,000 in scholarships. In addition, the internship has been a conduit for our department to promote highly skilled team members to the level Assistant Golf Course Superintendent as evidenced with two of our current assistant managers, A.J. Josefoski and Dave Ward.
If you know of a student currently enrolled in turfgrass management program or similar field of study, please pass along our information for the opportunity to join a winning team!
We once again are saying farewell to one of our valuable team members. Dave Ward joined the staff this past February for his internship as part of Rutgers University’s turfgrass management program.
Dave brought a great sense of humor with him, as well as, a wealth of experience as an arborist. He flourished within our our team dynamic as he progressed through his first season in golf course maintenance. This past May, as part of our internship program, Dave volunteered on the grounds staff for the Senior PGA Championship.
Dave has indicated he would like to come back the team in 2018, and even though he is a Dallas Cowboys fan, we hope he decides to start his management career with us next golf season.
This year our golf maintenance program was fortunate to have two students on staff. This past week, A.J. Josefoski headed back to Penn State for his final year in the Golf Course Turfgrass Management Program.
There were many beneficial aspects to his internship, but one opportunity A.J. had was volunteering on the grounds staff for the U.S. Women’s Open in July. This week, he and all the second year students at Penn State are volunteering for the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club.
A.J. was an incredible asset to our team and he is already missed! A.J. has indicated he would like to return to work for the Club upon graduation and we certainly hope he will make the choice to return to the Brandywine Valley.
We wish A.J. well and Godspeed!
Over the years, our Internship Program has become recognizable throughout the nation for opportunities such as scholarships for our students while employed with the Club and the ability to volunteer time at important events.
This year, our two interns had the chance to spend a week on the grounds staff at Lancaster Country Club for the United States Women’s Open. Above, Luis Martinez (Penn State University) poses with the Harton S. Semple Trophy. Below, Brandon McNally (Purdue University) takes his turn with the trophy that was hoisted by In Gee Chun of South Korea with a score of -8 for the Championship.
As part of his morning duties, Brandon raked bunkers with a crew of six volunteers, pictured here on the 16th hole.
Below on the 16th hole, eleven grounds staff members take part in a variety of tasks including bunker raking, greens mowing and moving plastic covers around the green complex.
On the 10th hole, a nightly activity included filling divots with group of 15 staff members.
Below on the 14th hole, more divots are being filled during the evening shift, while in the distance you can see eleven, again that number was 11, fairway mowers prepping the turf for the following day’s golf rounds.
The 7th tee at Lancaster CC.
Befitting with the sun setting in the above picture, we bid Godspeed to our Intern Brandon McNally! Brandon is off to begin his junior year at Purdue and we wish him the best of luck and much success – thanks for all your hard work Brandon!!
Early each fall season, we begin the task of assembling our team for the following year. We have utilized our Internship Program to staff a large component to our team year-in and year-out. This program has also enabled us to recruit Assistant Superintendents such as Mike Cocino, Second Assistant, our Intern in 2013.
The Program requires students to be enrolled in studies pursuing the golf course management industry and aspire to be Golf Course Superintendents. Once our students have completed their internship at the Club, they have gained the experience necessary to move on as Assistant Superintendents. Not only do they receive training in regards to agronomics of the golf course, but our students are exposed to the financial end of the golf business, as well as, meeting with various consultants from the USGA and university professors throughout their stay with us. In addition, our students will volunteer at various PGA and LPGA Tour events to gain valuable tournament exposure.
We are fortunate to have two students join our team this season. Please welcome:
Luis is a two-year turf student from Penn State University (State College) and is from Hanover, Pennsylvania. He has worked at Green Spring Valley Hunt Club in Owings Mills, Maryland since 2011. Luis will join our staff in early March.
Brandon is in his sophomore year at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He is from Louisville, Kentucky and has worked at Valhalla Golf Club since 2013. Brandon will join our team in early May.
These two young men, coupled with our existing team, will make an outstanding year at the golf course!
Many thanks to our First Assistant and Internship Coordinator, Dave Smith (pictured below), for his hard work and help ascertaining Luis and Brandon.