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Jennifer Torres: Not your typical career path to turf

Jennifer Torres: Not your typical career path to turf

Not only is Jennifer Torres unusual in being a female golf course superintendent in an overly male industry, but chances are she stands alone as having pursued her current career after a post-high school stint in the US Army and GI Bill-funded enrollment in the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management certificate program... while also a 30-something mother of three at the time. It was hardly a passion for golf or turf management that led Torres to her position as superintendent at Makefiel

Jon Kiger

Jon Kiger

Frutchey has been defying stereotypes for more than 30 years

Frutchey has been defying stereotypes for more than 30 years

Not all teachers are found in classrooms, and not all classrooms have four walls. When Laurie Frutchey attended Florida State University in the 1980s, the Tallahassee institution was known primarily for producing teachers - more specifically, female teachers. At the same time, the golf industry, specifically the turf maintenance side of the business, was dominated by men. It didn't take Frutchey long to knock down stereotypes in both fields. A native of Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, Fr

John Reitman

John Reitman

Through the Grass Ceiling... yet?

Through the Grass Ceiling... yet?

Even with the recent uptick in awareness of women working in turf, the number of female superintendents and assistants remains staggeringly low: a few tenths either side of 1 percent. Flipping that around simply underscores the obvious: golf course maintenance has historically been and remains 99 percent (or so) male. Current statistics (as of July 30) from GCSAA indicate that of 18, 116 total members, only 285 are female (1.57 percent). Of the 8,778 superintendent members, 69 are female (0
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