Brandon WagneR, Turfgrass Management
In 3-5 years I hope to have finished my schooling and be working at a country club in the Bay Area. Later, in ten years, I hope to be a superintendent in Oregon. I look to leave the Bay Area after gaining experience and move somewhere with a lower cost of living.
Cade Cutchen, Advanced Horticulture / Agribusiness
You could almost say that I didn’t pick golf course management as a career, but that it chose me. When I was hired at Wildwood Golf and RV Resort, the idea was to use my degree in Economics from Florida State University to help grow the business side of the organization. I was only supposed to help out on the golf course in times of need, mostly during tournaments. All it took was one Saturday morning spent on a triplex mowing greens and I was hooked. Over the subsequent three years, I have developed a love for the industry and a passion for the career. I love the rush of setting up for a tournament, and the months of attention to detail that lead up to it. I love the sense of community in this industry and how superintendents honestly want other superintendents to succeed and will bend over backwards to help them do so. Watching the sunrise puts a smile on my face every single morning. I love working with a truly talented and diverse team and I get to put my problem solving skills to work each and every day. I have fun at work and I haven’t stopped learning. I can go on forever about why I love this career path, because I really do. I have grown a tremendous amount since my first day on a mower, and I cannot wait to see where the rest of my career takes me.
Patrick Tuttle, Turfgrass Management
I love being outdoors and working with my hands, I love the game of golf, and I am passionate about serving others and making things look nice. From an early age I was cutting grass on my parents 2-acre property in Morgan Hill, a little town south of San Jose. We had no gardeners, so my brothers and I took the reins in making the landscape look beautiful. In addition, my grandma lived in Carmel for quite some time, so I spent much of my childhood looking for golf balls on the 10th and 11th holes at Pebble Beach. Furthermore, I enjoy playing golf and I grew up playing at San Jose Country Club, so I have a great appreciation for consistent and excellent playing conditions. Now I am able to give back to the game of golf by providing excellent and pristine playing conditions.
Andrew Bevan, Aviation
My goal after graduating from Saint Louis University is to become a Certified Flight Instructor and help other students learn how to fly and achieve their goals.
Quinlan Muller, Clinical Lab Studies
In April of 2019 my mom was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a rare form of cancer. A few months before this she suggested I shadow a pathologist in St. Louis since I like medicine and problem solving. I decided to pursue this field after her diagnosis.