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.
Michigan State two year turf program
Married 18 years to spouse Jackie. Three kids are Alison, Kelsey and John III (Jack).
Anything and everything outdoors! Including hunting, fishing, golf, camping, as well as just relaxing on Lake St. Clair during the summer.
Owner of Country Club Lawn LLC
Avoid spraying pre-emergent herbicides on fairway turf!
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.
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.
Assistant Superintendent – T.P.C. of Michigan,
Superintendent – Pine Knob Golf Club
University of Toledo
Wife-Noel M Creager
Son- Tyler J Creager
Married for 24 years
Minor League Baseball in Cincinnati Reds organization
Help with The Miracle League of Michigan
I enjoy building relationships with Superintendents, all around the State.
I wish to provide them with knowledge and support, which will help them make educated turf decisions.
Asst. Silver Lake GC—Supt. York Golf Club 3 yrs-Built Butler National, Supt. 9 years, Supt. Old Elm Club 30 Years
Associate degree Penn State
Married, 2 children, 1 grandchild
Travel,golf, motorcycle, sports fan
Unique Personal Fact Not Known By Many
Hate to lose
Going out on the courses and meeting the new young Supts.
Help to get their turf conditions the best they can possibly be.
Previous GCSAA Class A Golf Course Superintendent
18 years of Golf and Turf Management Experience
Turf Grass Management
Michigan State University
Native to Michigan
Currently lives in Muskegon, MI with wife Liz
Golf Course Management
The love of the outdoors
Family and Friends
Avid: Home Brewer
“It is more than just mowing grass”
To be a valuable asset to his or her success
6+ years working as a sales consultant for Great Lakes Turf
Bachelor of Science, Medical Technology
Michigan State University
Always try to find the positives in life
Passionate about science and golf
Relaxing with the wife and dog
Spending time with family and friends
I have been attacked by birds 4 times in my life.
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
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
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.
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)
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.
Golf, college basketball, baseball, movies, politics
Qualified (earned dolphins) in two classes of fast attack submarines while in U.S. Navy
Poa supina needs a good amount of fertility and, like Poa trivialis, does not like hot weather.
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.
The same as above
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
BS in Horticulture/Turf Management Colorado State 1995
Wife, Michele, married 15 years
Daughter, Sylvie, 11 years
Son, Mack, 9 years
Mortgage, 30 years
I enjoy watching superintendents and golf course turf professionals succeed.
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.