Yudi Cheng & Ying zi Tang (Michigan State Program)
Cindi and Joy as they were known to the staff, are part of Michigan State's Chinese Turf Program (http://www.turf.msu.edu/yusong-mu). Prior to thier arrival here, they spent about 6 months with Dale Hahn at TPC Summerlin where they assisted in daily maintenance and were a part of the staff that hosted the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Both of these ladies were an intgral part of our staff in preparing for the Waste Management Phoenix Open and in our day to day operation. Cindi is preparing her term paper on Greens Overseed Establishment and Maintenance, and Joy is focusing her topic around Golf Course Overseeding-Preparation, Establishment, and Tournament Conditioning. Both of these ladies were always full of questions and we appreciate all of thier hard work.
|Cindi (left) and Joy (right) taking in the action during the WMPO.|
Jason Brooks, Simon Rees, Matt Allen (Ohio State Program)
Jason Brooks joined us from the UK where he has served in the role of Assistant Head Greenkeeper at Torquay Golf Club in South Devon where he has worked for the last 8 years. Jason was in search for new challenges and wanted to see how we do things on this side of the Pond. Jason has worked 3 British Opens through BIGGA (http://www.bigga.org.uk/) support teams that are organized to help the Head Greenskeeper during that event and another championship at Wentworth. His prior expereinces were a great help to us and his witty sense of humor was always appreciated.
Simon Reese like the Chinese students, had also been in the States prior to his arrival here in Scottsdale. Simon spent 6 months at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD where the AT&T National is hosted. Simon is from the western suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Simon was instrumental in our preparatory efforts for the tournament and has started to persue his next move which will either back to Austrailia or to the UK for continued education.
Matt Allen also was interning in the States prior to joining our team. Matt is from Whitby, Porirua, New Zealand. He spent his 6 months prior at a stint with Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Virginia. Matt has secured employment with Royal Sydney in Australia upon his departure.
Jason (on tractor) and Brian tweaking bunkers prior to WMPO.
Brian is a graduate of the University of Maryland Turf Program. We seasonally employed Brian to help grow is knowledgebase and become familiar with overseed in the southwest. He worked very hard in his time with us and has since relocated back to the Washington DC area where he is working with Stephen Britton at TPC Potomac as an AIT.
Nick joined our staff from TPC Boston. Like Brian, he was looking to continue to gain experience during the cold winter months in New England. Nick, although new to the turf world, was a great assest to the staff and his eye for detail and consistency was always appreciated. Nick will be moving back to TPC Boston to be the AIT for Tom Brodeur. He will also be continuing his turfgrass education with Penn State.
Intern Staff slingin' sand on greens.