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Marty Richardson: Interning at The Island Golf Club


An Irish Blessing...

Posted in Introduction 19 May 2017 · 891 views

As I am going on week 2 in Ireland, I first want express my appreciation to all who helped get me here. The dream of working in Ireland at the Island Golf Club began mid-summer 2016 with Chris Tritabaugh, my boss at Hazeltine. Chris introduced me to Mike O'Keeffe from Ohio State who, in turn, put me in contact with Jon Kiger of TurfNet who ultimately put me in touch with Island Club superintendent Dave Edmondson. The hard work of these four men was fundamental in aligning me for this opportunity and internship.

 

Me with Mike O'Keeffe of the Ohio State international internship program.

 

This lead me to Tampa, Florida, the first week of May 2017, where I attended the annual TOCA (Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association) meeting with Jon Kiger and John Reitman from TurfNet. While there, I met many suppliers, agencies, and media representatives and the TOCA staff (special shoutout to Kristy Mach for her help with my travel arrangements to the meeting).

 

May your troubles be less and your blessings be more and nothing but happiness come through your door."

 

I learned a lot about writing for the turf industry; and I played golf at the beautiful Saddlebrook Resort. After a long Minnesota winter, I enjoyed basking in the sun! But most importantly, I met Jose Milan and Pat Morrow from Bayer - the sponsor for the TOCA Media Internship. Without Bayer's financial support this program would not be possible. I thank TOCA, Bayer and TurfNet for this incredible opportunity.

 

The group at the recent TOCA meeting in Tampa.

 

The final thanks go to my family. In the late 1800s, when a family member would leave Ireland for America, the family would hold a long sendoff party called a "Parting Glass" since it was generally understood that the individual leaving would not be coming back to Ireland. Although I will be returning to the United States (I think), I was fortunate to have my parents, sister and her fiancé join me in Tampa for our own version of my "Parting Glass" as I left for my summer in Ireland. I can't tell you how much it means to have the love, support and a little financial backing from my whole family, including those who are back in Minnesota.  

 

As the Irish blessing states, "May your troubles be less and your blessings be more and nothing but happiness come through your door."




Hello from just north of Dublin!

Posted in Introduction 12 May 2017 · 66,681 views

My name is Martin "Marty" Richardson and I am this year's TurfNet student intern. Minnesota born and bred, I just finished my first year in the two-year Golf Course Grounds Management AAS program at Anoka Technical College in Anoka, Minnesota. The program has just eight students but all graduates say it is phenomenal.  As a smaller school it doesn't have the many clubs and activities you'd expect at a larger college, but I've been fortunate to play intramural hockey at St. Cloud State since I live on campus there.

 

Like most golf course maintenance programs, Anoka encourages students to work at a golf course during summer break. Last year I was given a great opportunity to work under head superintendent and longtime TurfNet member Chris Tritabaugh at Hazeltine National Golf Club -- host of the 2016 Ryder Cup.

 

Last year I was given a great opportunity to work under head superintendent and longtime TurfNet member Chris Tritabaugh at Hazeltine National Golf Club -- host of the 2016 Ryder Cup.

 

This was easily the best job I have ever had. The crew was fantastic, the assistant superintendents were phenomenal at directing the massive crew, and Chris was a great leader. Together we pulled off an amazing tournament. I earned the lead role on one of the four bunker crews. That responsibility and working a tournament of this magnitude gave me invaluable experience, tested my work ethic, and allowed me to be in close proximity to some golf legends (Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, etc)

 

Me at the 2016 Ryder Cup with 2014 TurfNet Ireland intern Peter Braun. 

 

Until this point I hadn't had an opportunity to travel internationally so this experience is a first for me. I could not be more excited. Working on a links golf course like The Island Golf Club is also a new experience for me. I look forward to learning about links golf management from Dave Edmondson, the links manager here. I am also looking forward to traveling around this beautiful country.

 

The Island Golf Club. Links course management will be one of many new experiences for me.







Greenkeeping, the Next Generation is presented by Jacobsen.

Marty's internship in Ireland is partially underwritten by a grant from the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association.

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