NAME | Jay Young
TITLE | Herbicide Manager/FMC
HOMETOWN | St. Louis
What’s a day in the life for you in your job? Moving into our corporate headquarters, I’m now a part of what goes on “behind the scenes.” I work with various different departments within FMC: global supply chain, demand planning, R&D, regulatory, just to name a few. In the short amount of time that I have been the herbicide brand manager, I’ve developed a whole new appreciation for what does go on “behind the scenes” in order to have a successful product portfolio.
What should golf course superintendents know about your organization that they don’t already know? FMC has recently finalized the acquisition of Cheminova, which has basically doubled the size of FMC. The acquisition opens the door to active ingredients and technologies that we previously did not have access, allowing us to continue providing focused solutions for our customers.
When you’re gone from the golf industry, how do you want to be remembered? I’ve been fortunate to have been involved in various aspects of the industry — from golf course construction to tournament experience and now being a part of the manufacturing side of the business. It’s not so much about being remembered as it is being very fortunate to work with some great people and to view the industry from all different angles.
If you were born 100 years ago, what would you do for a living? Farming, most likely. It runs on my father’s side of the family.
Who is your hero? My father. He has taught me so much throughout the years.
What’s the best thing about the golf industry? I think some of the younger professionals are really portraying golf in a positive manner right now. The Rickie Fowlers and Jordan Spieths of golf appear to be great role models for the younger generation. I also think the success someone like Bubba Watson is having is a positive for the industry. It goes to show that you can self-make your game and be successful.
What’s the worst thing about the golf industry? The common misconceptions that the general public has about chemical and water use on a golf course. Superintendents are some of the most efficient users of water in the world and are very well-versed in how they use chemicals to provide the playing conditions that are expected from them, yet I think it’s still the general public’s assumption that superintendents waste enormous amounts of water and are chemical-happy.
What golf course can’t you wait to get on and why? St. Andrews — it’s the birthplace of golf.
Describe golf course superintendents in one word? Magicians. It is quite amazing to see what superintendents are doing today given the circumstances they are working with.
Who would you rather play golf with –– Arnie or Jack? Why? Bobby Jones. Sorry, he wasn’t a choice, but I think there is a strong case he was the greatest to ever play and to do what he did as an amateur was nothing short of spectacular.
If you were a super hero, who would you be and why? Superman. I think it would be pretty cool to have the ability to fly around and move extremely heavy objects with relative ease!
What do you like to do away from your job? I am addicted to CrossFit. It has taught me a lot about myself both in and out of the gym, and I continue to learn each day. When I’m not at the gym, I’m working on schoolwork; I’m in the final stages of completing my MBA. I also enjoy traveling, cooking and a round of golf. I’m an avid college football fan and suffering St. Louis Blues fan.
What is your all-time favorite song? Hard to choose just one. But if I have to choose one it would be “Terrapin Station” by the Grateful Dead.
What’s your favorite movie and why? “Top Gun.” The movie had a little of everything in it. Hard to believe it is almost 30 years old.
Speaking of movies, who’s your favorite character from “Caddyshack”? Ty Webb.