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.
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.