Dan Dinelli is the 2024 Superintendent in Residence!

Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2024

Written by GTI Admin

The University of Guelph's Superintendent in Residence (SIR) program offers a unique opportunity for seasoned industry experts to engage with students enrolled in the Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management and Turf Managers Short Course. During their brief stay on campus, the SIR interacts with students through a variety of activities including presentations, informal discussions, and social events, both in and out of the classroom. Additionally, the SIR delivers a public lecture highlighting their career trajectory and an additional topic of their choice, typically attended by U of G turf students, faculty, instructors, and local industry professionals. The program aims to enhance student exposure to real-world professionals, broaden their professional network, and refine the curriculum based on feedback provided by the SIR at the conclusion of their visit. 

This year, we are delighted to introduce Dan Dinelli, an esteemed golf course superintendent hailing from North Shore Country Club near Chicago, Illinois. Dan, a third-generation superintendent, has not only met the stringent performance criteria for GCSAA certification but has also emerged as a respected figure and valuable asset within the turf management field. His dedication to environmental conservation is unmistakable, as evidenced by his active engagement in numerous national, regional, and local professional committees. Dan has held leadership positions such as Chair of the GCSAA IPM Task Group and has contributed significantly to the GCSAA's Environmental Programs Committee. For nearly three decades, he has served on the Illinois Turfgrass Foundation Research Review Committee, providing his expertise in environmental turf management to guide both new and ongoing research endeavors.

Dan will give a public presentation that is free for all to attend on Wednesday February 28th at Cutten Fields in Guelph, ON. Attending educational presentations like this is immensely beneficial for golf course superintendents as it fosters continued learning and professional development. The topic of the SIR presentations varies year-to-year and is up to the discretion of the SIR of that year. These presentations offer a platform for industry experts to share valuable insights, cutting-edge techniques, and best practices relevant to turfgrass management and golf course maintenance. By participating in these events, superintendents gain access to the latest advancements in agronomy, irrigation, pest management, and environmental stewardship, empowering them to enhance course conditions and sustainability efforts.
 
For more information and to reserve a ticket for the event, please visit GuelphTurfgrass.ca/SIR

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