A Certified Golf Course Superintendent employed by Vero Beach Country Club since 2004. During my tenure at VBCC, I’ve managed a $3.7 million golf course renovation and regrassed with Seashore Paspalum. Championship quality course conditions is my daily goal. Annual host of the Indian River Grapefruit Open Pro Am, Florida’s longest running Pro Am since 1945 and Florida State Golf Association Championships. I’m skilled at building and managing a well-trained, loyal and team-oriented staff. I’ve had 3 former assistants advance to become head superintendents.
Prior to VBCC, I was superintendent at BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. BallenIsles is a 5 star rated club by The Platinum Clubs of America. At BallenIsles, I was able to improve North Course conditions to top course on property managing Tifeagle bermudagrass greens and installing seashore paspalum on tees and salt effected areas. I planned and implemented drainage and irrigation improvements in house to help manage $4.3 Million budget.
I graduated from University of Kentucky with a Bachelors Degree in Plant and Soil Science. I earned my Certification from the Golf Course Superintendent Assoc. in 2007 and Audubon certification for environmental stewardship. My apprentice work includes Top 100 Courses in America as well as Top Courses in Ohio, Kentucky and South Carolina. These include: Long Cove Club and Moss Creek Plantation in Hilton Head, South Carolina and Champions Club in Lexington, Kentucky. I was an Assistant Superintendent at Moss Creek Plantation in Hilton Head Island South Carolina where I managed Champion bermudagrass greens.
I’m dedicated to environmental golf course management and producing championship quality playing surfaces. My agronomic programs are based on balancing the soil ecosystem and using least toxic method for pest problems. This approach has reduced nematode and disease damage by creating a healthier turfgrass which requires less pesticides. This provides a greater opportunity for plant growth and increased vigor under stressful conditions. My never satisfied work ethic has produced improved course conditions with reduced costs and environmental footprint for golf course community. In 2008, I received the Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Award-Private Course because of our dedication to the habitat.
An avid golfer still trying to get that elusive hole in one and single digit handicap!