Wor-Wic to Offer New Turf Management Program this Fall
April 24, 2009

Wor-Wic Community College recently received approval to offer a new certificate of proficiency program in turf management.

“Wor-Wic is the only community college on the Eastern Shore to offer a turf management program,” said Donald C. Nicholson, technology department head and associate professor of manufacturing at Wor-Wic. “More than 25 golf courses and 40 businesses that offer landscape and turf management services provide local employment opportunities for graduates.”

Students will learn about implementing irrigation systems and fertilizer and pest treatment programs, as well as maintaining equipment. The program will also cover planning, planting and sustaining greens, tees and fairways.

Students enrolled in landscape and turf management programs in high school career and technology centers can continue their education through this program.

Classes will be taught at the campus in Salisbury and at Wor-Wic’s Ocean Resorts Golf Club in Berlin. Ocean Resorts will be used as a turf management laboratory for students enrolled in the program.

Eric Linde, the new superintendent at Wor-Wic’s Ocean Resorts Golf Club, will be teaching “Turf and Landscape Irrigation” on Thursdays from 6 to 9:15 p.m., starting Sept. 10 and ending Dec. 10. Prior to joining Ocean Resorts, Linde was superintendent of the Bayside Resort Golf Club in Fenwick Island, Del. He has 20 years of experience as a golf course superintendent, and has taught turf management part time at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Va.

Linde received his bachelor’s degree in agronomy from Penn State University Park. He has certifications in pesticide application, as well as nutrient management. In future semesters, Linde will teach “Landscape Construction and Management” and “Turf Grass Equipment Management.”

Harlyn Goldman of Salisbury, director of golf at the Ocean Pines Golf Course, will be teaching “Concepts of Turf Management” this fall. This course is being offered on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9:45 p.m., starting Sept. 15 and ending Oct. 20.

Goldman has been teaching continuing education classes in landscaping and pesticide management for Wor-Wic since 2003. He has certifications as a golf course superintendent and irrigation auditor along with 35 years of golf course management and maintenance experience. He has managed golf courses on the Lower Eastern Shore for the last 25 years. He has his bachelor’s degree in turfgrass management from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I.

Ginny Rosenkranz of Quantico has also been a part-time continuing education instructor at Wor-Wic. This fall, she will teach “Diseases and Pests of Ornamental Plants” on Mondays from 6:30 to 9:45 p.m. from Sept. 28 through Nov. 2. As the area’s commercial horticulture specialist with the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension, she assists greenhouse and nursery growers, landscape contractors, garden center operators and golf courses with integrated pest management and production issues.

Rosenkranz teaches a local master gardener course and also shares her plant and gardening knowledge through articles in “Shore Home and Garden Magazine” and a 30-minute garden show called “Delmarva Garden” on public access channels throughout Maryland, as well as the local CBS affiliate television station.

She received her associate degree in science from Montgomery College in Rockville, Md., her bachelor’s degree in botany from the University of Maryland College Park and her master’s degree in horticulture and extension education from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Anyone interested in enrolling in this new program should call Nicholson at (410) 334-2871.

TURF MANAGEMENT. Shown at Wor-Wic’s Ocean Resorts Golf Club in Berlin are instructors who will teach courses in the college’s new certificate program in turf management. From left are Harlyn Goldman, director of golf at the Ocean Pines Golf Course; Ginny Rosenkranz, University of Maryland Cooperative Extension commercial horticulture specialist for Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties; Donald C. Nicholson, technology department head and associate professor of manufacturing at Wor-Wic; and Eric Linde, superintendent at Ocean Resorts.