Superintendent In Residence

The Superintendent in Residence program is a unique program where an experienced industry professional is invited to spend a few days on campus with Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management and Turf Managers Short Course students. Students have the opportunity to spend time both in and out of the classroom with the Superintendent in Residence. In addition to spending time with the students, the Superintendent in Residence is invited to give a public lecture covering their career experiences which is attended by students, faculty, industry professionals and the general public. Public lectures that have been broadcast live on the Internet and the recorded webcast is archived and can be accessed by following the links contained within this tab.

Past Superintendents in Residence

  • 2005 Rhod Trainor, Hamilton Golf Club, Anacaster, ON
  • 2006 Paul Robertson, Victoria Golf Club, Victoria, BC
  • 2007 Mark Kuhns, Baltusrol Golf Club, New Jersey, USA
  • 2008 Gordon McKie, St. Andrews Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland
  • 2009 Blake McMaster, Royal Montreal Golf Club, Montreal, QC
  • 2010 Jeff Carlson, The Vineyard Club, Massachusetts, USA
  • 2011 Ken Siems, Jinhai Lake Golf Club, Beijing, China
  • 2012 Keith Bartlett, St.George’s Golf and Country Club, Toronto, ON
  • 2013 Tom Brodeur, TPC Boston, Norton, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  • 2014 Stefan Nilsson, Vallda Golf & Country Club, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 2015 Doug Meyer, Beaconsfield Golf Club in Montreal, Quebec
  • 2016 Lucas Andrews, Dye's Valley Superintendent at TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, U.S.A.

2017 Thomas Bastis

California Club of San Francisco, South San Francisco, California, U.S.A

The University of Guelph Turf Class of 2018 are excited to host Superintendent Thomas Bastis from California Golf Club in San Francisco.

Thomas Bastis grew up in San Diego Calif. and graduated with a bachelor's degree in horticulture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1995. He has been a superintendent for 20 years, with the last 15 at California Golf Club of San Francisco.

Bastis is a certified arborist, pest control advisor, certified irrigation auditor and the Turfnet/Syngenta 2010 Superintendent of the Year. He holds a qualified applicators license and C-27 landscape contractor license.

Bastis is a advocate of using new and upcoming technology alongside traditional maintenance practices to manage his course in the most environmentally and economically efficient manner. We can expect to hear the veteran superintendent to talk about topics like this and other industry trends.

Following the talk from Mr. Bastis, there will be appetizers and a cash bar.

This is a FREE public event on

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
6:00PM Presentation, Cocktail and Social following the presentation at Cutten Fields Golf Club, 190 College Avenue East, Guelph, ON N1H6L3

Program generously sponsored by:

- Engage Agro

- G.C. Duke Equipment

2016 Lucas Andrews

The Superintendent in Residence for 2016 was Lucas Andrews, Dye's Valley Superintendent at TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, U.S.A. Lucas is a class of 2010 DTM graduate who was inspired in his turfgrass career by 2008 Superintendent in Residence, Gordon McKie, whom he interned with at The Old Course at St. Andrews during his time as a turfgrass student at the University of Guelph.

2015 Doug Meyer

Ice Damage: Reflections on Forty Years of Experience in Quebec

The Superintendent in Residence for 2015 was Mr. Doug Meyer, superintendent at Beaconsfield Golf Club in Montreal, Quebec. Mr. Meyer graduated from the University of Guelph associate diploma program and worked briefly as a turfgrass research technician on campus before pursuing his career in professional turf management

2014 Stefan Nilsson

Practical Greenkeeping in Scandinavia

Stefan Nilsson, Course Manager
Vallda Golf & Country Club
Gothenburg, Sweden

Superintendent in Residence 2014 Public Lecture & Webcast "Practical Greenkeeping in Scandinavia" 

2013 Tom Brodeur

Balancing Nature with Championship Conditions

Tom Brodeur, Golf Course Superintendent
TPC Boston
Norton, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 2012

Keith Bartlett

If I Only Knew This Twenty Years Ago 

Superintendent in Residence 2012 Public Lecture & Webcast

Keith Bartlett, Golf Course Superintendent
St. Georges Golf & Country Club
Toronto, Ontario

2011 Ken Siems

The Global Superintendent: Lessons Learned.

Superintendent in Residence 2011 Public Lecture & Webcast 

Ken Siems, CGS, MG, Project Manager
Jinhai Lake, Beijing, China

2010 Jeff Carlson

Seven Years of Organic Management 

Superintendent in Residence 2010 Public Lecture & Webcast

Jeff Carlson, CGCS
The Vineyard Golf Club
​Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA