James Bryson

Year: Class of 2013
Hometown: Atco, N.J.

Selected for a competitive internship with the United States Golf Association Green Section, as well as a summer internship with Merion Golf Club (which is scheduled to host the 2013 Men’s U.S. Open).

1. What has your internship been like and how has it added to your education?
I am interning at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. (which is scheduled to host the 2013 Men’s U.S. Open). I’m taking a week off from Merion to intern with The United States Golf Association’s Green Section for one-week starting July 16.  The Green Section consists of consulting agronomists that visit golf courses. I’ll be riding along with an agronomist as they make their course visits. Merion Golf Club is currently number seven in Golf Digest’s top 100 golf courses in the nation. Merion offers students a great learning experience in all aspects of the golf course industry and has a good history with Del Val students and graduates.  Along with real-world work experience, Merion also brings speakers in to talk with interns about current trends in the golf course industry.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in turf management?
I chose to pursue a career in turf after working at Pine Valley Golf Club during the summer months while in high school.

3. What are your plans for after DelVal? / Where do you see yourself going?
After DelVal, I plan to become an assistant superintendent at a highly respected golf club.  After being an assistant, I plan to become a golf course superintendent.

4. What has your experience at DelVal has been like? Why did you choose DelVal?
DelVal has been a great school for me. I chose to come to DelVal because of the student-teacher ratio and the friendly atmosphere.  I have made good friends at DelVal and have no regrets about my decision. I am an active executive member in both the Turf Club and Lacrosse Club. Being involved on campus at DelVal has helped me make many friends. I am also a Rambassador (students who give prospective students tours and welcome them to campus).

5. What is your advice for someone considering studying turf management?
In order to be a turf student, you have to be a hard working individual, not only in the classroom, but also during your internships and after you graduate.  Building your resume in the turf industry is very important.  The faculty at DelVal is very involved with helping students get internships, which help build your resume.

6. Have you completed any other internships?
I am currently on my third internship.  My first internship was at Pine Valley Golf Club, in New Jersey, where I had worked previously as a seasonal employee during the summer months.  My second internship was in 2011 at The Creek in Locust Valley, N.Y. where I spent ---three months.  For summer 2012, I am living at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. where we are currently preparing for the 2013 U.S. Open.

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Steve Trombetta

Year: Class of 2013
Hometown: Pocopson, Pa.

 

Working in Philadelphia as part of the Philadelphia Eagles grounds crew.

1. What has your internship been like and how has it added to your education?
So far I have learned much about the pro football aspect of turf management. I will also be taking the fall semester off to stay on with the Eagles. In doing so, I will be able to continue my internship through the entire football season, which will be a great experience as there is much more  to learn.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in turf management?
I have always loved working outside and had an interest in learning more about the turf profession. This program was a natural fit.

3. What are your plans for after DelVal? / Where do you see yourself going?
After I graduate next year, I plan on continuing my career in some aspect of the turf industry. I feel that DelVal will have given me skills and education for continued success in the field.

4. What has your experience at DelVal has been like? Why did you choose DelVal?
I really like the small class sizes and how the program is very hands-on, giving you real experience. I also appreciate the great teachers who really give you the support to help you to succeed in the industry.

5. What is your advice for someone considering studying turf management?
If you are interested in a hands-on position working outside on sports fields and golf courses, and have an interest in horticulture and science, then I would recommend considering turf management as a career choice. Despite the poor economy, I have had no problem finding internships and jobs and am confident that I will find employment when I graduate.

6. Have you completed any other internships?
I worked on the grounds crew at Rehoboth Beach Country Club in Rehoboth Beach, Del., last summer.

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Emma Steeley

Class of 2014
Hometown: Perkasie, Pa.

 

Summer 2012 internship as a groundskeeper at Coca-Cola Park, home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the AAA baseball team for the Philadelphia Phillies. Emma is the first woman to work on the IronPigs grounds crew.

1. What has your internship been like and how has it added to your education?
I’m learning the operations of how to maintain a pro baseball field, especially how everything has to be done perfectly. I learned  how to put designs in the turf and how to direct the grass a certain way so that the design will show through. So far, I’ve enjoyed it. I’m there sometimes for a full week of twelve-hour days. It has been hard work, but really helpful.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in turf management?
I always liked working outside and I’ve done a lot of gardening work. I wanted a broader field, not just flowers. I’ve always loved the look of a baseball field and how clean it looks, and I love anything that gets me outside.

3. What are your plans for after DelVal? Where do you see yourself going?
I’d still like to try interning at a golf course, to see if I like that type of work or work for a lawn care company. I definitely want a career in turf. I don’t know whether it will be with a sports field or a golf course or lawn care.

4. What has your experience at DelVal has been like?
I have really enjoyed DelVal because of the small classes. I’m starting to have repeated instructors that I get along with and they’re really helpful. Learning about water and soils has been extremely helpful. I like the consistency of having the same professors because they’re very knowledgeable. DelVal has been very helpful so far and I’m excited get started with my career when I graduate.

5. What is your advice for someone considering studying turf management?
I would just tell them to realize it is more than just studying grass. I’m learning so much more. You have to think about every aspect of the field. Anything to do with the field is your responsibility. The soils, making sure you get the proper drainage. My advice is to try it and stick with it. I’d recommend a career in turf if you love to be outside.

6. When did you start your internship with the IronPigs crew? Have you completed any other internships?
I started at the end of April, getting the field ready. This is my first internship.

7. What is it like being a woman working in a field that has been traditionally male-dominated?
I had no idea it was that rare to be woman working in turf management up until recently. It is something that women can do. It isn’t labor intensive to the point where women can’t do it. Everyone has been nice, they joke around with me like they would with anyone and I don’t get special treatment, which I like. Nicole Sherry, the head groundskeeper at Baltimore actually got in touch with me when she saw the article about my internship with the IronPigs in The Morning Call. She was glad that I was pursuing turf management and called me to encourage me to keep going with it.

8. Why did you choose DelVal?
DelVal is one of the few schools that have a turf program. Luckily, it is very local for me. I like the small classes and the campus layout. It has a nice presence to it and it is easy to get around. I’m able to commute, which I like.

Photo of Emma Steeley (Republished with permission of The Morning Call. All Rights Reserved.)