Jump to content

Peter McCormick

Root Admin
  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

3 Par

About Peter McCormick

  • Rank
  • Birthday 07/04/1954

Profile Information

  • Club/Course/Company
  • Location
    Cornwall, VT and Campobello, NB, Canada
  • Interests
    Learning to play the guitar, cooking, reading, Boston Bruins hockey, dogfather (3), my wife of 40 years (Patty) and daughters Colleen (36) and Erin (32), our summer home in the Canadian Maritimes. Also Head Groundskeeper/Roads Foreman at Foote Farm, Cornwall, VT.

Recent Profile Visitors

1,813 profile views
  1. By request!! Dave Wilber covers one of his most popular blog posts. A great update on being an Excellent Assistant or Intern One of the most popular blog posts Dave has ever done in podcast form. Kind of cool. Third kind of cool, actually. Take a few min to listen to this just in case you need a refresher. Works for Young Turfies or for those responsible for them. Being an excellent Assistant or Intern isn't always just about agronomy. It comes down to character and working with the team around you. Because one day, being a leader will mean understanding these principles.
  2. Frank's guest for this episode of Frankly Speaking is Chris Tritabaugh, golf course superintendent at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. Frank and Chris speak frankly about Chris's career path, management approach and the various responsibilities in the run up to the 2016 Ryder Cup to be held this September at Hazeltine. As always expect smart talk from leading thinkers in the turf industry.
  3. On this episode of The Ladder, presented by Penn State World Campus, John Reitman chats with Dr. Amy Wallis of the Wake Forest University School of Business about how superintendents can adapt their leadership skills to those staff members older and younger than themselves.
  4. Frankly speaking this episode with field agronomist extraordinaire Steve McDonald, owner/operator of Turfgrass Disease Solutions in Eastern PA. Frank and Steve chat about the growing season of 2016 so far for the tough Mid Atlantic growing conditions. Also expect some of the latest thinking on annual bluegrass weevil management, summer disease prevention and managing native rough areas.
  5. Join Hector Velazquez and Dave Wilber as they go deep into the world of Hector and Hector's Shop! Do you know Hector? You should. He's breaking ground in an often forgotten, overlooked and misunderstood world. The world of the golf course equipment fleet is not only huge, it is a place where a ton of money gets spent. And wasted. Hector and Dave talk about what's what in his world. From his background to his travels as a teacher, his life as an educator and of course his job as a father and husband. Hector's a brother. And a Turfhead. And an important figure in our business. Thanks for listening! To learn nore about Hector Velazquez go here. The Turfgrass Zealot Project is sponsored by Klingstone. Proven bunker performance for more than 15 years.
  6. In this episode of , host John Reitman chats with Dr. Pat Vittum of the University of Massachusetts about two "winter" programs offered by UMass/Amherst: the bi-annual 12-day Green School (coming up in October) and the six-week Winter Short Course for turf managers offered in January/February of 2017. Find out how this type of program (among others) can springboard your career in turf management.
  7. In this episode of Frankly Speaking, Frank chats with Sarah Glenn Jackson, graduate of Texas Tech and now assistant superintendent at Plantation Golf Club in Frisco, Texas. Frank first became aware of Sarah via Brian Cloud's blog postand immediately knew her experiences as a female assistant in a vastly male industry would make for good conversation. So here they are!
  8. Even if you haven't heard of Jay Blasi, you've probably seen his work. Join Dave Wilber as he interviews Architect Blasi. From Chambers Bay to Santa Anna Country Club to Sharp Park, Jay Blasi is one of those people who have been involved with bringing interesting design to Modern Golf. Dave Wilber talks with Blasi about Jay's story, his development as a staff architect with RTJ2, and his transition to independent architect. Some great tips are given for planning and executing renovation and restoration work. Yet another great episode with a great member of the construction and renovation community.
  9. In this Syngenta Welcomes Back Olympic Golf audiocast, John Reitman chats with Golfweek architecture editor Bradley Klein about the Gil Hanse-designed Olympic Golf Course in Rio.
  10. As part of our ongoing Syngenta Welcomes Back Golf multimedia blog series, Jon Kiger chats with Alex Miceli, group publisher of Golfweek, about the stature of the Olympics within the golf industry and the players to watch in Rio.
  11. Frankly Speaking this episode with Professor Roch Gaussoin, Chair of the Dept. of Agronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and former Turfgrass Scientist and Educator. The conversation (likely to be some arguing) between these two old friends will focus on smart organic matter management. Roch's landmark work on the role of sand topdressing in managing sand based putting surfaces remains a lynchpin in our understanding of OM dilution--smart talk from leading thinkers and always Frankly Speaking.
  12. As part of our ongoing Syngenta Welcomes Back Golf multi-media series, Jon Kiger chats with native Brazilian Rick Holanda about his recent stint as superintendent at Santa Paziena Golf Club in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Holanda emigrated from Brazil to the Philadelphia area in 1989 as an aspiring fashion photographer, and took a job on the crew at Merion Golf Club under Dick Bator. Rick was hooked on golf turf management, and went on to superintendent positions at Aronimink Golf Club, Chestnut Ridge CC in Maryland, Rancho La Quinta Country Club in California, and then Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. After Shadow Creek he went to Oakmont Country Club in Glendale, CA to be closer to his two daughters. The job at Santa Pazienza beckoned, so he returned to Brazil for three years before coming back to the States recently to take over at Scottsdale National Golf Club.
  13. Andy O'Haver is the assistant superintendent at Meadowbrook CC outside of Detroit. Meadowbrook is being transformed by architect Andy Staples. It's a gigantic job. Andy took the time to talk to Dave Wilber (from his cell phone, in the field) about the role that he plays as an Assistant Super at Meadowbrook. Andy's eye opening experience comes to life in a really good way. And anyone who is going to come anywhere near a golf course renovation project should understand that the team is important. And often the team is led in the trenches by the Sergeant. The leader of the Enlisted Corps. The Assistant. Dave and Andy have a great conversation. He's candid. And he's got passion. A combination that is hard to beat.
  14. In this episode of The Ladder, John Reitman caught up with Mike O'Keeffe, program manager of Ohio State's international internship program, while at the 2016 OSU Turfgrass Field Day. They chatted about the value of an overseas internship in a tight job market.
  15. From when he first started caddying at Muirfield Village while in high school, Phil Shoemaker has spent most of his career within a stone's throw of Jack Nicklaus. In this episode of Living Legends, host John Reitman chats with Phil about his first stint at Desert Highlands in 1982 through moves to the Loxahatchie Club in Jupiter, Florida, TPC Scottsdale and back to Desert Highlands in 1999... where he remains today. Phil attributes much of his career success to luck and timing... being in the right place at the right time, knowing what you want and being willing to embrace change when the opportunity presents itself. Spend a half hour with Phil Shoemaker and John Reitman.