When you have a love for sport and the outdoors as I do, spending every day on the golf course is not only a career, but a life-long passion that is enjoyed. Since I was old enough to work, I have been on maintenance staff at varying facilities. My depth of experience covers clubs both large and small, internationally.
My career began in my native country of Australia, working at Wallacia Golf Club as my apprenticeship for college courses. During my four years at the club, I completed my degree in Turf Management and became the top apprentice in the class, earning a State Finalist award for Apprentice of the Year.
In 2006, I moved to Sydney to further improve my work experience at a larger club, Bonnie Doon Golf Club. During my time here, I was introduced to the Ohio State University Global Training Program. The chance to travel to the United States and work with some of the best in the industry seemed like a logical advance to my career. So I began my adventure to the U.S. in May 2007, not knowing that I might make a career in the industry there.
My first stop in the U.S. was at the well-known Kirtland Country Club. For seven months I was part of the extensive restoration of the course, leading the green and fairway projects and assisting with the bunker and irrigation projects. This knowledge of golf construction practices was vital to my next assignment at the famed Oakmont Country Club. But before I headed to Oakmont, I enrolled in several courses at The Ohio State University to augment my knowledge base, where I completed all courses with a 4.0 GPA.
Over the span of my time at Oakmont I worked under Superintendent John Zimmers, learning of many new cultural practices and unique water management to provide optimal playing conditions. At the end of my time here, I returned to Australia, but only to obtain a new visa to work in America once more. While I awaited my visa, I was given a great opportunity to work at New South Wales Golf Club, where they were preparing to host the Australian Open Championship.
Three months passed and I received my new visa and headed back to the U.S. in March of 2009. I quickly attained a position as Second Assistant at another fantastic venue, Double Eagle Club in Ohio. In 2010, I was awarded a chance to be First Assistant at Chartiers Country Club. When I began at the course, it had fallen in overall conditioning and as part of the new maintenance regime, I was tasked to bring the Willie Park-designed course back to its former glory. My experience at all my previous clubs has proven key in re-structuring the staff and completing projects both in-house and with contractors.
After five successful years at Chartiers I was awarded my first superintendent position at Victoria Club in Riverside, Califronia. I was excited to lead the entire operation and provide championship conditions consistent with members desires. The major project included xgd drainage and collar regrassing both of which were extremely successful and aided in the playability of the course.
After 18 months at Victoria Club I was presented with an opportunity that I couldn't turn down and become the superintendent at a brand new South Course at The Los Angeles Country Club during the grow-in. The course was redesigned by Gil Hanse. The Los Angeles Country Club will host the up coming 2017 Walker Cup and 2023 U.S. Open Championships.
I welcome the opportunity to advance my club's course conditions and overall atmosphere, and am committed to the industry and expanding my network in golf both in the US and abroad.
EDUCATION, LICENSES & ASSOCIATIONS
MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY - 2009
Bachelor of Science in Turf Management (equivalent)
THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY - 2008
Global Internship Training Program
Turf Science & Golf Course Design studies, 4.0 GPA
Golf Course Management Online Course, with Distinction
NEW SOUTH WALES TAFE — RICHMOND CAMPUS
Diploma in Horticulture (Turf) 2007
Certificate III in Horticulture (Turf) 2004
Top Apprentice – Apprentice of the year state finalist
CALIFORNIA PESTICIDE LICENSE
GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENTS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
Class A Member
GCSA OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
GCSA OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Board of Directors Member
The famous pew bunkers at Oakmont
On course at Chartiers
Golf at Oakmont