Congrats two times!!

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! 

 

2019 Golf Course Management Internship

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!

Te Veo Pronto!

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.

2017 Student Interns

Each fall, we begin the recruitment process for our nationally acclaimed internship program. Since it’s inception in 2008, our students have been awarded scholarships from their experience here at the Club in excess of $16,000. We are fortunate to have secured two students this season year.

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Andrew J. Josefoski

AJ earned his BS in Sport Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the Spring of 2016. He is currently studying golf course turfgrass management at Penn State University in their two-year certificate program.

Before coming to Bidermann, AJ worked at Oakmont Country Club in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for three seasons where he was fortunate enough to be a part of the 2016 U.S. Open.

In July, AJ will spend the week helping the daily preparation for the U.S. Women’s Open.

In his spare time, AJ enjoys golfing, fishing and spending time with friends and family.

“I came to the Wilmington area to experience managing a golf course in one of the toughest areas to grow turf. I believe the internship at Bidermann will afford me the best opportunity to learn and will provide a solid base for my career in golf course management.”

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David E. Ward

Dave is currently enrolled at Rutgers University in pursuit of a Professional Turfgrass Management certificate.

 Although this is Dave’s first season in the golf industry, his past experiences of working in the tree management trade will provide a great foundation for his career and a benefit for the Club this season.

In late May, we will be sending Dave to volunteer on the grounds staff for the Senior PGA Championship.

Outside of work, Dave enjoys golfing, hunting and fishing.  He says, “I love the challenge of learning new things and look forward to being an integral part of the Bidermann team!”

Interns & U.S. Women’s Open

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.

Luis Martinez

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.

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As part of his morning duties, Brandon raked bunkers with a crew of six volunteers, pictured here on the 16th hole.

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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.

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On the 10th hole, a nightly activity included filling divots with group of 15 staff members.

Divot Crew

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.

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The 7th tee at Lancaster CC.

Morning Light

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!!

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