A Certified Golf Course Superintendent employed by Vero Beach Country Club since 2004, I’ve managed over $5 million in golf course renovations and improvements. An environmentally challenged property, I’ve managed and produced tournament quality conditions with Seashore Paspalum playing surfaces. We have been the annual host of the Indian River Grapefruit Open Pro Am, Florida’s longest running Pro Am, since 1945, as well as host to Florida State Golf Association Championships. A former high school and AAU basketball coach, I’m skilled at building and managing a well-trained, loyal, and team-oriented staff. I’ve had the fortune of mentoring a handful of former assistants who’ve advanced to become head superintendents and successful business owners.
Prior to VBCC, I was superintendent at BallenIsles Country Club, a 5 star rated club by The Platinum Clubs of America, in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. At BallenIsles, I improved North Course conditions to top course on property, managing Tifeagle bermudagrass greens and installed seashore paspalum on tees and salt effected areas. I planned and implemented drainage and irrigation improvements in house to help manage a $4.3 Million budget.
I graduated from University of Kentucky with a Bachelors Degree in Plant and Soil Science. In 2007, I earned my Certification from the Golf Course Superintendent Assoc. 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 methods for pest problems. This approach has reduced nematode and disease damage by creating a healthier turfgrass requiring less pesticides. This provides a greater opportunity for plant growth and increased vigor under stressful conditions. My ever-driven work ethic has produced improved course conditions with reduced costs and environmental footprint for the golf course community. In 2008, I received the Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Award-Private Course due to dedication to the habitat.
An avid golfer with a 6.2 GHIN handicap, I believe it is essential for the golf course superintendent to test their surfaces to enhance playability of the course.