Class of 2001 Student Biographies


 



 

Rory Allison

My name is Rory Allison and I am a turfgrass management student at Walla Walla Community College. I carry a 4.0 grade point average, and plan to graduate in March of 2001.

For the last five years I have worked on golf courses and decided to return to school to prepare for a management position in the turfgrass field. I have worked on four courses total, the last being an internship at Waverly Country Club in Portland, OR. Which was the site of the 2000 Womens U.S. Amateur. At this internship I worked very closely with the irrigation technician and furthered my knowledge from my first job as the irrigation technician at the Bayou Golf Club in McMinnville, OR. The other two courses I have worked at Creekside Golf Club and Salemtowne Golf Club both of Salem, OR. I also volunteered to work with the grounds crew at a LPGA tour event at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, OR.

Following my graduation I plan to find a job as an irrigation technician or an assistant superintendent for a reputable facility.

150 S. Wilbur #39
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 522-4960

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Kristopher J. Borgman

I first started working at Veterans Memorial Golf Course in 1996 while finishing my freshman year of high school. After working at Veterans Memorial for two years I found myself enjoying my outside job. My senior year in high school I also started the Turf Management Program at Walla Walla Community College.

While attending the Community College I continued working at Vets part time and carried a 3.5 GPA my first year. My second year in the Turf Management Program I was invited to work the LPGA Safeway Tournament at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, Or. My internship for the program was completed at Veterans Memorial where I was employed for five years. After graduating from the Turf Program I proceeded to get my Associates degree in order to transfer to the turf management program at Oregon State University.

777 Christmastree Dr.
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 525-4818

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Tom Gmelch

I am currently enrolled in the turf management program at Walla Walla Community College. I also hold a 3.94 accumulative GPA and expect to graduate in March of 2001. While here I currently hold the office of President of our Turf Management Club, and was the Vice-President last year. I also received the Dr. Fred Grau Scholarship from the Sports Turf Managers Association.

I have been in the sports fields industry for the last three years. I worked for the City of Pullman in Washington State for two of those years until I decided to attend school in order to further my education in this field. My most recent experience was an internship over the summer with the Richmond Braves Baseball Club in Richmond, Virginia. With the Braves I was in charge of scheduling all of the part time help for game days, but most of my time was spent on the conditioning of the infield dirt, and maintaining the clay on both the pitchers mound and at home plate. While with the City of Pullman I maintained three baseball and two softball fields, along with that I also assisted with the application of herbicide for the whole city. During both of these jobs I received a lot of training in irrigation.

Upon graduation I plan to find a full time job with a reputable baseball organization.

150 S. Wilbur #39
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 522-4960

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Craig Hilty

My name is Craig Hilty and I am in my second year in the turf management program at Walla Walla Community College. My career started at the age of fifteen, in 1995, at the Clarkston Golf and Country Club on the greens crew. I worked there until I graduated from Clarkston High School in 1999.

After High School I enrolled in the turf program. During school, I work on the par three course on campus. Last summer I completed an internship in Vail, Colorado on the Hale Irwin designed Mountain Course. I am expecting to graduate in late March of 2001. My goals for the future are to keep gaining all the knowledge I can in the turf industry, and apply it to a full time job.

836 Wheatland Avenue
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 386-7105

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Jason Howerton

I am a twenty-year old turf management student at Walla Walla Community College. This is my second and final year of the program.

This summer I had the opportunity to work as an intern at The Royal Oaks Country Club in Vancouver, Washington. It was a unique and beneficial experience. I learned all aspects of a golf course and saw the day-to-day procedures needed to maintain one of the finest courses in the Pacific Northwest.

I feel that Walla Walla Community College is going to point me in the direction in life. It will be very beneficial in getting a good, well paying job. Along with that it provides me with the skills I will need to be successful.

My goal is to obtain an assistant position at a high quality and reputable golf course or sports complex where I have the room to grow and learn the qualities needed to become a head superintendent.

251 Tara St.
Milton-Freewater OR 97862
(541) 938-2909


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John Howerton

Derek Hunter

My name is Derek Hunter and I will graduate form Walla Walla Community College with a degree in turf management in March of 2001. I grew up in Pateros, Washington, were I started working at Alta Lake Golf Resort installing an underground irrigation system on the golf course, at the age of fourteen. I worked here for twelve seasons while in high school and college. I did my internship this last summer at Tri0Cities Country Club in Kennewick, Washington. While here I worked with the superintendent on all aspects of golf course management. Including irrigation systems, fertilizer applications, and training of new employees.

My goal for the future is to learn all I can about this wonderful field and apply it to my work. With all of my work experience at golf courses I would be a great addition to any staff.

3030 W. 4th Ave Apt B207
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 737-8139

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Nick Longmire

I first started in the golf industry working at Lake Wilderness Golf Course on the maintenance crew, located in Kent, Washington. I found I enjoyed maintaining the golf course but would like more responsibility. This is when I pursued Walla Walla Community College for further schooling for my opportunity to become a superintendent.

My internship went very well because I got to see a different management style. I found it was possible to manage a golf course in a different way and still get a great end product. Druids Glen Golf Club was a course maintained to a higher level and intensity along with a bigger budget. This allowed me to see all the pros and cons compared to the golf course I first worked on. I had a young superintendent which was great because he was someone I could relate to, being young myself and looking to pursue the same profession. I felt Druids Glen was a great internship. It forced me not only to learn and grow more in the golf industry but also showed me how to grow more as a person.

I am currently attending my second year in the turf management program at Walla Walla Community College. I am eager for the future, learning from the past but focused on the present.

28714 232nd CT SE
Maple Valley, WA 98038
(360) 886-7140

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Kyle McGuire

I am a turfgrass management student at Walla Walla Community College. I carry a 3.93 grade point average, and plan to graduate in June of 2001.

For the past 8 years I worked in a grocery store working as an assistant produce manager. I did not like working inside so I decided to pursue a different occupation. I am an avid golfer so I determined to pursue a job in turf management. Through the turfgrass management program I obtained my first job at TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge in Snoqualmie, Washington, while working there I also worked the Washington Open. I learned every thing possible about mowing, topdressing, and raking bunkers. I also worked at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, Oregon as a volunteer for the LPGA Golf Championship.

Following my graduation I plan to find a job as an assistant superintendent or as a second assistant superintendent for a reputable facility.

1436 Bonsella St
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 526-9570

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Matt Meador

My name is Matt Meador and I have completed a 14-week Turfgrass management certificate program at Mundis Institute, and am currently seeking a degree at Walla Walla Community College in turfgrass management.

I have worked on three reputable golf courses, my first one being Riverside golf course in Pocatello, ID. My second golf course experience was at T.P.C at Scottsdale while I was attending my first turf management school. I am now working as an intern at Walla Walla Country Club and have enjoyed every minute of it. During my years of experience

at these three golf courses I have also done some volunteer work for the Senior P.G.A Tour, the Ladies P.G.A Tour and spent a couple of days working with the Arizona Diamondbacks laying sod with the grounds crew.

I am seeking an Assistant Superintendent job upon my graduation in the spring of 2001.

1436 Bonsella St
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 526-9570

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Chris Petrik

I got started in the turf industry during the summer of 1995. I worked at Snohomish Golf Club, in Snohomish, WA. It was there that I learned about different methods of growing grass. After my employment at the golf course, I then became the Assistant Grounds keeper for the Everett Aqua Sox. It was there that I got my niche in the industry of turf management. Sports turf was for me. I love sports-so why not be close to the action? Sure, there is the grass, which looks very nice when taken care of properly, but in baseball 75% of the game is played on the infield. I realized that I wanted an education in turf management after I attended the El Paso Seminar in Las Vegas. I then began my schooling at Walla Walla community college in Washington State. I currently finished my summer internship with the El Paso Diablos, where I was the Assistant Grounds keeper. I learned very much about the baseball industry and much more, I also learned how to run a crew for games, concerts, car shows (different events at the stadium) I will be finishing my schooling shortly and I am excited to start my career.

Chris Petrik
October 25, 2000

625 Wellington Apt. D-8
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 524-0794
Petroc11@yahoo.com

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E. Lynn Runnion

I am a member of the Turf Management Program at Walla Walla Community College. I will graduate in the fall of 2001 with an AAAS Degree. I currently hold a 3.8 GPA.

My great love has always been living and working outdoors. Since working on a golf course I have become proficient on: rough mowers, fairway mowers, triplexes and green surround mowers, and an aerator.

My management background includes 27 years of administration as a pastor and missionary for a staff of up to 10 people. Along with that I managed volunteer laborers, budget planning committees and their implementation of their work and maintenance of the facilities. This included planning, remodeling and total lawn maintenance. I also managed the Twisp City Parks where I was responsible for the mowing, irrigation and fertilization, plus care for the safe operation of the swimming pool. This year I was asked to work at the Ladies Professional Golf Association at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, Oregon.

My immediate plans are employment in the turf industry, and eventually to be an assistant manager, which will lead to a continued education of golf course administration. My experiences will benefit any golf course.

1664 Cambridge Dr
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 525-0251

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John Shipp

I am currently a Walla Walla turf management major with a set completion date of March 17, 2000. I have grown up in the Pacific Northwest and gained a deep appreciation for this area. My major interests lie in the outdoors. Hunting, fishing, and golf. These interests led me to where I am today.

I have currently spent two seasons with Meadow Springs Country Club in my hometown of Richland Washington. At Meadow Springs I became efficient with all general golf mowers and equipment, ran and repaired Toro irrigation heads, fertilized, and was involved with day to day course set up, setting pins and tees. I have also participated in bunker, tee and green construction.

Meadow Springs is home to the 1999 Washington State womens golf association tournament, 1999 Nike tournament, and 2000 Buy.Com Tri-Cities Open. I was involved with tournament set up and maintenance during all of these tournaments. I also worked the 2000 Ladies pro golf association tournament at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland Oregon.

I am a GCSAA member and after completion of the turfgrass program I will be pursuing a full time management position in the northwest. I feel my knowledge and experience can be beneficial to any golf course. I am focused and dedicated to making my place of employment the best that it can be and to continue educating myself on the golf course to achieve that.

1827 Peachtree Lane #1
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 628-1908

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Kevin Walters

I am a second year turf management student at Walla Walla Community College in Walla Walla, Washington.

I have worked in the turf field for 4 years. I wish to pursue a career as a head groundskeeper for a minor league or major league baseball team. I just completed a six-month internship with the Everett Aquasox Baseball Team where I was the Stadium Operations Assistant. My duties included cleaning the stadium and surrounding grounds. I also prepared the field for games and repaired the field after games. I have also worked at Canyon Lakes Golf Course, in Kennewick, Washington for 3 years. My duties were cleaning the golf carts and doing regular maintenance on them. I had to manage a crew of six people. I also worked in the pro shop. I am skilled in all aspects of turf maintenance, and have extensive knowledge in the upkeep and management of baseball fields.

103 E. 7th Ave.
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 586-3606

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Matt Williams

I am currently attending Walla Walla Community College in the Turf Management program. I will obtain my Turf Management degree in the spring of 2001. While at Walla Walla Community College I have maintained a 3.5 GPA and was chosen to attend the 2000 Student Leadership Conference. I plan on pursuing my AA degree and transferring to Oregon State University where I will obtain a bachelors degree in Horticulture with the Turf Management option.

I have worked at Veterans Memorial Golf Course for the past four seasons and also completed my co-op work experience there. While there, I was trained to use Toro fairway units and triplexes, among other standard mowing equipment. Other duties included cutting cups, spot watering, irrigation repair, and fertilizing. I have become proficient at all of these tasks. I plan on completing a second co-op work experience in the spring and summer of 2001

In both 1999 and 2000 I was invited to work at the LPGA Championship at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, Oregon. I worked on the greens staff in 1999 and was appointed to a role as Bunker Crew Chief in 2000.

910 Catherine Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 522-2606

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