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.

2018 - Dean Graves, CGCS - Chevy Chase Club, Chevy Chase, Maryland, U.S.A.

"Humility, Essential for Teambuilding"

        The Guelph Turfgrass Institute and the University of Guelph's Diploma in Turfgrass Management program are proud to announce the 2018 Superintendent in Residence, Dean Graves.  Dean has been the Golf Course Manager at Chevy Chse Club in Chevy Chase Maryland for the past 18 years.  Under Graves' leadership, Chevy Chase Club underwent a $6.5 million restoration and grow-in; a significant facility upgrade that restored the classic property which was founded in 1892.  Prior to Chevy Chase Club, Graves served as the Golf Course Manager at Bethesda Country Club from 1989 to 2000.  At Bethesda CC, Graves had to opportunity of managing a major restoration project as well as hosting prestigious tournaments such as the Greater Washington Open (1989) and the Mazda LPGA Championships (1990-1994). 

        Dean is well known and respected by staff, work associated and industry peers for his tremendous leadership style which fosters an inclusive culture of good communication, staff motivation and mentoring.  Dean received his Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences from The University of Delaware (1979) and later enrolled in the Turf Management Degree at Pennsylvania State University (1981).  We are honoured to host Dean Graves as our 2018 Superintendent in Residence and hope you will be able to join us for the presentation.

Topic: Humility, Essential to Teambuilding

When: Monday March 5th, 2018 at 5:30 PM

Place: Cutten Fields, 190 College Ave. E., Guelph, Ontario N1H 6L3

* Presentation begins at 6:00 PM, followed by a cocktail reception with cash bar

** This is a FREE event open to the public


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2017 Thomas Bastis

The Superintendent in Residence for 2017 was Thomas Bastis from the 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. 

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