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John Cooney

(248) 762-9271
johncooney@greatlakesturf.com

Turf Experience

25 years as a Golf Course Superintendent with the majority of that career spent at private country clubs.  However, the roots were started at various public golf courses in the Flint area.

Education

Michigan State two year turf program

Personal

Married 18 years to spouse Jackie.  Three kids are Alison, Kelsey and John III (Jack).

Interests

Anything and everything outdoors!  Including hunting, fishing, golf, camping, as well as just relaxing on Lake St. Clair during the summer.

Unique Personal Fact Not Known By Many

Owner of Country Club Lawn LLC

Unique Turf Fact Not Known By Many

Avoid spraying pre-emergent herbicides on fairway turf!

What Do You Like Best About Your Job?

The opportunity to stay close to the sport that I have been involved with for my whole life.  Interacting with Golf Course Superintendents, many who have been my peers and close friends throughout my career as a Superintendent. While now in a different role, this has already proven to be extremely enjoyable for me.

What Do You Hope To Provide To Your Customers?

Sharing with them some practical solutions to the issues and problems they face while trying to grow turf in environments that aren’t always the most conducive.

 

Dave Creager

(586) 944-7784

creager.mi@comcast.net

Turf Experience

Assistant Superintendent – T.P.C. of Michigan,

Superintendent –  Pine Knob Golf Club

Education

University of Toledo

Rutgers University

Personal

Wife-Noel M Creager

Son- Tyler J Creager

Dog-Rock

Interests

Bike Riding

Baseball

Golfing

Unique Personal Fact Not Known By Many

Married for 24 years

Minor League Baseball in Cincinnati Reds organization

Help with The Miracle League of Michigan

What Do You Like Best About Your Job?

I enjoy building relationships with Superintendents, all around the State.

What Do You Hope To Provide To Your Customers?

I wish to provide them with knowledge and support, which will help them make educated turf decisions.

 

Ed Fischer

(847) 337-1091

efischer@greatlakesturf.com

Turf Experience

Asst. Silver Lake GC—Supt. York Golf Club 3 yrs-Built Butler National, Supt. 9 years,  Supt. Old Elm Club 30 Years

Education

Associate degree Penn State

Personal

Married, 2 children, 1 grandchild

Interests

Travel,golf, motorcycle, sports fan

Unique Personal Fact Not Known By Many

Hate to lose

Unique Turf Fact Not Known By Many

Killed C-15

What Do You Like Best About Your Job?

Going out on the courses and meeting the new young Supts.

What Do You Hope To Provide To Your Customers?

Help to get their turf conditions the best they can possibly be.

 

Jeff Knoblock

(231) 288-2753

jknoblock@greatlakesturf.com

Turf Experience:

Previous GCSAA Class A Golf Course Superintendent

18 years of Golf and Turf Management Experience

Education

Turf Grass Management

Michigan State University

Personal:

Native to Michigan

Currently lives in Muskegon, MI with wife Liz

Interests:

Golf Course Management

The love of the outdoors

Family and Friends

Turf Science

Unique Personal Fact Not Known By Many

Avid: Home Brewer

Snowboarder

Outdoorsman

Unique Turf Fact Not Known By Many

“It is more than just mowing grass”

What Do You Like Best About Your Job?

Personal Involvement

Problem Solving

Providing Solutions

What Do You Hope To Provide To Your Customers?

To be a valuable asset to his or her success

 

Jeff Mazur

(630) 936-3179

jmazur@greatlakesturf.com

Turf Experience

6+ years working as a sales consultant for Great Lakes Turf

Education

Bachelor of Science, Medical Technology

Michigan State University

Personal

Family oriented

Always try to find the positives in life

Passionate about science and golf

Interests

Relaxing with the wife and dog

Spending time with family and friends

Playing sports

Watching sports

Traveling

Unique Personal Fact Not Known By Many

I have been attacked by birds 4 times in my life.

Unique Turf Fact Not Known By Many

The turf plant has 17 essential elements, 15 of those are also required by the human body, Boron and Nickel are the only ones not.

What Do You Like Best About Your Job?

Getting to know the people in the industry and exchanging new ideas/philosophies with them

The gratification of making good recommendations based off of diagnostic testing results and field observations

What Do You Hope To Provide To Your Customers?

Excellent service while being fun and easy to do business with

Solutions to issues that they are dealing with on (and off) the course

Sleep at night when there is an overnight low in the 80’s with high humidity

 

Marty Miller

(248) 851-5464

ccgreens@sbcglobal.net

Turf Experience

Twenty years as a golf course superintendent at two private country clubs and construction/grow-in superintendent at a new upscale public golf course.  Ten years as a certified golf course superintendent.

Also have owned/operated my own turf consulting business involved in finding solutions and providing ongoing maintenance plans for private greens, golf ranges, horse farms, and other private operations.

Education

Two-year turf certificate from MSU Turf Management Program

Norm Kramer Outstanding Scholar Award and GCSAA Scholarship recipient

Certificates for completion of many GCSAA one and two day seminars

CEU’s earned for GCSAA Certified Golf Course Superintendent Program (10 years as CGCS)

Personal

Married to Pat for 37 years with four children.  Two married, one engaged and one single

Varsity Golf Coach for Southfield Christian School 1997- Present

Involved in church activities including startup of career transition ministry to assist in helping people with job loss and transitions to new careers.

Interests

Golf, college basketball, baseball, movies, politics

Unique Personal Fact Not Known By Many

Qualified (earned dolphins) in two classes of fast attack submarines while in U.S. Navy

Unique Turf Fact Not Known By Many

Poa supina needs a good amount of fertility and, like Poa trivialis, does not like hot weather.

What Do You Like Best About Your Job?

I get to work with my peers in helping them find solutions to problems on their golf courses and making it work within their budgets.

What Do You Hope To Provide To Your Customers?

The same as above

 

Steve Shane

(231) 883-8334

sshane@greatlakesturf.com

Turf Experience

Began working on golf courses in 1988

Spent 9 years as Superintendent in Northwestern Michigan – Class A

Specific experience in construction/renovation/grow-in

GLT Sales Consultant since Fall 2010

Education

BS in Horticulture/Turf Management Colorado State 1995

Personal

Wife, Michele,  married 15 years

Daughter, Sylvie, 11 years

Son, Mack, 9 years

Mortgage, 30 years

Interests

Family

Mountain Biking

Golf

Skiing

Travel

What Do You Like Best About Your Job?

I enjoy watching superintendents and golf course turf professionals succeed.

What Do You Hope To Provide To Your Customers?

I wish to provide value to my customers with science – based solutions for their success. Our diagnostic services along with superintendent objectives allows for a big picture view of the needs of the soil and turf. Through this process, we create and implement successful plans that are unique to your golf course.