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14th Annual Green Start Academy

October 23 - 25, 2019

Green Start Academy — world-class training for assistant superintendents

Green Start Academy is a leadership and development program co-hosted by Bayer and John Deere. The event will be held at the Bayer and John Deere facilities in North Carolina, October 23 – 25, 2019.

Since 2006, the goal for this program has been to help assistant superintendents build a strong foundation for their careers, as well as to support the future of golf courses and the entire industry.

Attendees have the unique opportunity to network with peers and receive valuable insights from industry leaders. With topics from career development to budgeting to labor management, the Green Start Academy provides attendees with the education, networking and career insights they need to excel as superintendents and lead our industry into the next decade and beyond.
Assistant Superintendent at Green Start Academy
Presenting at the Green Start Academy

Meet the Green Start Academy Class of 2019

Welcome to the Green Start Academy Class of 2019! These assistant superintendents represent the best in class and come from across the United States and Canada.


Darren Ashley
Wade Hampton Golf Club North Carolina   

Robert Bailey
Village Club of Lake Success New York    

Kyle Baseshore
Blue Bell Country Club Pennsylvania    

Spencer Blackburn
Grandfather Golf and Country Club North Carolina

Joseph Blood
Rolling Hills Country Club California

Jordon Bowling
Biltmore Forest Country Club North Carolina

Peter Braun
The Minikahda Club Minnesota

Christopher Briggs
Noyac Golf Club New York

William Brooks
Country Club of Birmingham Alabama

Richard Brown
Orangeburg Country Club South Carolina

Cody Laux
Longue Vue Club Pennsylvanian

Charles Crandal
Champions Golf Club Texas

Andrew Crawford
Congressional Country Club Maryland   

Terrance DiLoreto
Canterbury Golf Club Ohio    

Adam Distler
Jefferson City Country Club Missouri   

Jeremy Feister
Magnolia Green Golf Club Virginia   

Daniel Gelder
Devil's Paintbrush Golf Ontario    

 Fredrik Gustafsson
John's Island Club Florida 

Ken Gregory
Muirfield Village Ohio   

Geoffrey Hay
Oakfield Golf and Country Club Nova Scotia    

Ben Holmes
Houston Country Club Texas

Elizabeth Holmes
Metuchen Golf and Country Club New Jersey   

Jacob Boelsche
Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Texas    

Jordan Kalasky
Pikewood National Golf Club West Virginia   

Adam Kimber
Westmount Golf and Country Club Ontario   

Cody Little
Springbank Links Golf Club Alberta    

Raul Iurk
Carmel Country Club North Carolina   

Alex Mangini-Harold
Hollywood Golf Club New Jersey   

Cole Mckenzie
Shaganappi Golf Club Alberta    

Michael Sharp
Montclair Golf Club New Jersey   

Sean Nolan
Oak Hill Country Club New York   

Jacob Norquest
Northland Country Club Minnesota    

Patrick O'Brien
Arcola Country Club New Jersey   

Alexander Opgenorth
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Michigan   

Ben Pacific
Nashawtuc Country Club Massachusetts    

DC Plake
Atlantic Athletic Club Georgia   

Dan Pollack
Wilshire Country Club California   

Travis Price
The Club at 12 Oaks North Carolina    

Miranda Robinson
Cordova Bay Golf Course British Columbia   

Nicholas Ruschmann
Ruffled Feathers Golf Club Illinois   

Kyle Schwieter
Sunset Ridge Country Club Illinois    

Michael Smith
Riviera Country Club Florida   

Adam Stottlemeyer
The Suburban Club Maryland   

Nicholas Sujkowski
Concord Country Club Pennsylvania    

Paul Sullivan
Mississauga Golf Club Ontario   

Vincent Taylor
Winged Foot Golf Club New York   

Morgan Taylor
Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club Alabama    

Justin Trodella
The Country Club Massachusetts    

Cameron Walls
Wheatley Hills Golf Club New York   

Kevin Whalen
Maidstone Club New York    

Cote Wolcik
North Oaks Golf Club Minnesota   

Garrett Clark
Mountain Top Golf Course Missouri   

Geoffrey Griffen
Port Carling Golf and Country Club  Ontario


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Program Timeline

Application period: June 1 – June 28, 2019
Panelist evaluation period: July 1 – July 27, 2019
Selection notification: Week of August 5
Registration/book travel: August 20 – Sept 21, 2019
Program: October 23 – 25, 2019
Accommodations: StateView Hotel, Raleigh, NC

Academy Alumni

We're proud to say we have over 600 graduates from across the U.S. and Canada.

That's 13 years of recruiting the best in the industry! If you’re an Academy alum and know of a great candidate, please share our page to get the word out about this exciting opportunity.
David Delsandro,
Ground Superintendent,
Oakmont Country Club
"Attending the inaugural Green Start Academy in 2006 was a defining moment in my professional development. Interacting with and listening to the distinguished panel of contributors was a great opportunity. The ability to network with similar, driven assistant superintendents only provided greater motivation in my daily work. John Deere and Bayer provided a first-class, fantastic experience that proved to be very beneficial. I recommend applying to Green Start Academy to our current assistant superintendents on an annual basis."

2019 Advisory Panel

Billy Weeks

Golf Course Superintendent
Houston Country Club // Houston, Texas

Bob Farren, CGCS

Director of Golf Courses & Grounds
Pinehurst Resort // Pinehurst, North Carolina

Matt Fauerbach

Regional Director of Agronomy // NE & Central Regions
Billy Casper Golf // St. Augustine, FL

Grant Murphy

Golf Course Superintendent
Barrie Country Club // Barrie, Ontario

Carlos Arraya

Golf Course Superintendent
Bellerive Country Club // St. Louis, MO

Lukus Harvey

Director of Agronomy
Atlanta Athletic Club // Johns Creek, Georgia

Pat Finlen

General Manager
Winchester Country Club // Meadow Vista, CA