Georgia superintendents and Deere introduce kids to careers in golf

By |  July 30, 2013

Georgia golf course superintendents and the John Deere company recently teamed together to give youngsters from The First Tee of Atlanta an intimate look into potential careers in the golf industry. Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association (GCSA) director, Mike Crawford, who is certified golf course superintendent at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, recently hosted 24 aspiring golfers between the ages of 12 and 17 on a day-long course and facility tour.

“Hopefully we helped open some eyes for these kids about future career paths they might follow in golf,” Crawford said. “Some of the kids were very, very engaged and their questions were outstanding. They showed a genuine interest in the industry, not just the game.”

Sub-groups moved through various stations covering subjects including greens management, plant protection, water management, golf and the environment, turfgrasses and equipment. Crawford’s assistant superintendent Andrew Saft and Ralph Kepple, CGCS from East Lake Golf Club, host of the Tour Championship, also provided expert tuition.

According to an on-site show of hands as well as a post-tour survey of participants more than a dozen attendees will now consider careers in golf either as golf course superintendents, general managers or golf professionals.

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