Golf Industry Profile
Hometown: Napier, New Zealand (yes, a long lost Kiwi)
What should Superintendents Know About Your Company
Established in 1863, Bayer has a long history of working with golf course superintendents to support the business of golf at every level. As a company founded in health care, Bayer has the unique ability to provide holistic solutions that support human, animal and environmental health. It’s exciting to be a part of “something bigger.” Since joining Bayer, it’s been interesting for me to become more aware of the many and often unexpected places where Bayer CropScience touches my life and the industry each day. For example, while you probably know Bayer aspirin, you may not know that Bayer MaterialScience creates polymers for coating golf balls and golf clubs.
What do you do all day in your job?
My position seems to expand daily. At the moment I’m still at the stage of learning to apply insights and experience from the course to benefit the company and industry. The skills I gained as a superintendent are invaluable to developing strategies to support other superintendents and to understanding the U.S. golf industry.
When you’re gone from the golf industry, how do you want to be remembered?
As a solid and decent person – no more, no less.
What golf course can’t you wait to get on and why?
I was fortunate to tour Devil’s Paintbrush (named after a wildflower that grows on the site) in the early 1990s before it opened. Located outside of Toronto, designers Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry created a fantastic inland links-type course, and I would love to see it in its finished state.
Who is your hero? Can I have two heroes?
If so, I’d say Jesus Christ for his values and radical stance. And my father, although he has passed on, also remains my hero.
Best thing about the golf industry:
The challenging experience of being a superintendent creates camaraderie between superintendents. This understanding can only be earned, not learned.
Worst thing about the golf industry:
It can be a tough and competitive industry, which is why we feel it’s important to support each other and grow the game of golf for all.
Describe golf course superintendents in one word?
What do you like to do away from your job?
Go anywhere in the great outdoors, especially somewhere remote where the fishing is good.