After 20 successful years as a course superintendent, Jeff Eldridge tried his hand as a tax-service franchisee—but the pull of the turf quickly brought him back to the industry and eventually his current position at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch.
Stuck in a rut as a bus company supervisor, Joe Wachter parlayed a chance meeting into a career change that then went full circle, to entrust him with care of the historic golf course at Glen Echo CC.
Charles Demske has spent 25 of his 30 years as an active contributor to the De Pere, Wis. course, his family’s business where he is now Superintendent and co-owner. In addition to a spectacular setting for golf, the property offers a wide range of year-round outdoor attractions, including cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, hiking and photography,…
Jennifer Torres first developed her love for being outdoors in the earliest part of the day while growing up on a small family dairy farm. After serving in the military, working as a “cable gal” and running a day-care center, she found the perfect profession to take her back to her roots.
In addition to caring for a 96-year-old golf course that has ties to Tom Bendelow, Jeff Sexton’s duties at Evansville (Ind.) CC also entail tending to over 13,000 annual flowers and more than 200,000 honeybees.
Just three months into the already daunting task of being only the seventh Superintendent to care for the 121-year-old Detroit Golf Club’s Donald Ross courses, Jake Mendoza learned he had a year to get ready to host a PGA Tour event.
Nathan Neumann has executed major course renovations at each step in his 19-year career, culminating with this year’s overhaul of the historic MacKenzie/Maxwell design at Oklahoma City G&CC.
His Nebraska roots run deep, but Brian Woster has found a rewarding new home in Idaho, at Circling Raven GC.
After caring for Salem CC’s Donald Ross course for 38 years and three major tournaments, Kip Tyler is keeping the options wide open for his post-retirement activity (or inactivity).
Brotherly love between the Superintendent and his General Manager helps to ensure special care for the golf course at San Juan Oaks GC.
After starting a career in psychology, Jared Viarengo let the tug of a lifelong love of golf course work redirect him on a path that led to dual responsibilities as GM/Director of Grounds at Applebrook GC.
Even with nearly 400,000 annual rounds played on Montgomery County, Md.’s nine courses, Jon Lobenstine’s Director of Agronomy role has grown to now include supporting new revenue growth through everything from Footgolf to bourbon tastings and Saturday concerts.
Tim Busek (above right) often teams up with The Manor G&CC’s Head Golf Professional, Chris Marotto, to add extra flair to club events, such as the “Carnival of Broken Dreams.” After quitting a landscaping job, Busek became the first and only Golf Course Superintendent of the ClubCorp property in Milton, Ga. He developed success in…
After a sister’s boyfriend first got him interested in being a superintendent, and his dentist’s brother’s wife helped him land his first internship, Tim Nielsen developed his own passion that now helps Creekmoor GC satisfy golfers’ affection for the game. It’s been said that being a golf course superintendent is a labor of love. For…
A minor traffic ticket that stymied his “career” at UPS started Steve Kealy down a new path that led to distinguished lifetime achievements at Glendale CC and as a representative of the superintendent profession. In large part, it was a minor traﬃc ticket that set the course for Steve Kealy’s uber-successful career in golf. While…