Learn more about our turf management students:


 

Kevin Crill
Year: Class of 2018
Hometown: Highland Falls, NY 

What has your internship been like and how has it added to your education?
My internship at National Golf Links of America has been an incredible experience. Being at one of the top golf courses in the nation/world has been like a dream come true to me. The superintendent and assistants have been incredible to me each day. Everyday is like another day in the classroom. I have learned more than I thought I would and am happy I chose to come here. Everyday the three other interns and I go with a different assistant and learn about spraying, diseases, and even sometimes stay in the shop with the mechanic and learn about the machines.

Why did you choose to pursue a career in turf management?
I chose to pursue a career in turf management because I believe it’s what fits me best. Growing up I loved being outside and working around my yard and my neighbors’ yards. I have always looked up to my uncle, a superintendent at Farmington Country Club for 20 years. After working at my first course, I knew turf was definitely the right fit for me.

What are your plans for after DelVal? Where do you see yourself going?
I think I want to stay in the northeast and hopefully land a good assistant superintendent job after school, and someday be a superintendent.

What has your experience at DelVal been like? Why did you choose DelVal?
My experience at DelVal has been incredible. Being a part of the baseball team and getting the education for my future has been great. I chose DelVal because of the small class sizes and hands on experience. I have always been in small classes and wanted the same thing in college. The professors are incredible, meeting you one on one if you need extra help in a class. To me DelVal is like one big, happy family. Everyone knows everyone and there is no better place to get an education.

What is your advice for considering studying in turf management?
Turf management is a great career path. If you are someone who loves being outside and is very hands-on, it is a great career to consider.

Have you completed any other internships?
I haven’t completed any other internships, but I worked on a small public course at West Point Military Academy for two years and will be doing another internship somewhere next year.

Nathan Horvath
Year:  Class of 2018
Hometown: Cape May, NJ

What has your internship been like and how has it added to your education?
I have interned at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, NJ for the past two summers. This internship has been one of the best experiences I have ever had. In the summer of 2016, I helped prepare Baltusrol for the 98th PGA Championship. As a result of this internship, I have become a harder worker and have learned to push myself to be  better. Each week a different guest speaker talks to the interns about different trends in the turf industry. It’s an excellent learning environment with tasks explained every step of the way.

Why did you choose to pursue a career in turf management?
I enjoy the game of golf. In the turf industry you are able work outside every day and have a variety of different tasks that keep the job interesting. It takes more than agronomy skills to maintain a golf course and I like that challenge. Every day is different on a golf course. 

What are your plans for after DelVal? Where do you see yourself going?
I see myself as an assistant superintendent at prestigious golf course shortly after graduating, then becoming a head superintendent.

What has your experience at DelVal been like? Why did you choose DelVal?
I absolutely love DelVal. I really like the small classroom atmosphere. Having an advisor who is easy to approach for guidance and the same advisor for all four years helps a lot. Getting involved in the campus community has given me opportunities to meet new people. I chose DelVal for the hands-on experience and the proximity to my home.

What is your advice for someone considering studying turf management?
One thing I would tell people is that it is not for everyone. It takes a certain person to wake up every day at early hours in the morning and produce the best course conditions. Somebody with a strong drive and a strong work ethic will be rewarded in this industry. Dreams don't work unless you do. 

Have you completed any other internships?
I have not completed any other internships besides the two years at Baltusrol. I am looking at a third internship for next summer at another top 100 golf course. 

Jeff Breyer
Year: Class of 2017 
Hometown: Barrington, NJ 

What has your internship been like and how has it added to your education? I have been lucky enough to have two internships, one at Pine Valley Golf Club and one at Tavistock Country Club. From both internships, I learned how much time and how much attention to detail it takes to keep top private golf courses in pristine condition. I’m glad DelVal makes us do internships because it gives us real world experience, which in turf management is extremely valuable.

Why did you choose to pursue a career in turf management?
I chose this major because I have always loved to work outdoors and after researching the field, I knew it would be a great fit for me. There is also a ton of opportunities and different paths that you can take with this degree such as sports fields, golf courses, lawn care and more.  

What are your plans for after DelVal? Where do you see yourself going?
I am hoping to obtain an assistant superintendent or assistant in training position at a high end private golf course and eventually become a golf course superintendent.

What has your experience at DelVal been like? Why did you choose DelVal?
DelVal has been awesome. My advisor, Dr. Linde, and all the professors really want us all to succeed. The small class size, hands-on experience and dozens of field trips have helped me the most.

What is your advice for someone considering studying turf management?
Majoring in turf management requires a lot of hard work during the summer months while you are away from school. Summer jobs and internships are very important in this field. Not only does it help you build a strong resume but it also helps you gain contacts in the turf industry and they are both very important when finding jobs. 

Have you completed any other internships?
My first internship was at Tavistock Country Club in Tavistock, NJ. I am currently interning at Pine Valley Golf Club, which is constantly one of the top 3 golf courses in the world