Welcome Back!

Dave Ward has returned to the team after graduating from
the Rutgers University Professional Turf Management Program.
He will be an Assistant Golf Course Superintendent and we are
excited he will begin his management career with the Club!

You may recall Dave was an intern with our staff last season.
With several great improvement projects slated for this year and beyond,
Dave states he will be able to “gain valuable field experience that will
benefit his trek in becoming a golf course superintendent.” 

Dave was awarded two scholarships while as an intern for the Club.
He received $1,000 awards from the Philadelphia Association of Golf Course Superintendents (PAGCS) and Rutgers University Turfgrass Alumni.

Perhaps last season or this winter, you may have seen Dave’s Bernese Mountain Dog running aside his golf cart. Cesar was awarded the month of December, 2017, for the Dog Days of Golf 2018 Calendar. Dogs are selected by representatives of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and LebanonTurf. Attendees at the Golf Industry Show, held this past February in San Antonio, can vote for their favorite pooch. The winning owner “will receive a $500 prize and $3,000 for his or her GCSAA-affiliated chapter. A $2,000 charitable donation will also be made by GCSAA and LebanonTurf in honor of the winner.”

Although Cesar did not come out on top this year, what matters most is that he is a pretty cool pooch with a great personality!

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!”