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Department of Horticulture and Crop Science


John DiMascio

Golf and Sports Turf

The South Course
Firestone Country Club
Akron, Ohio

B.Sc. - University of Akron, 1988
Area of emphasis: Biology / Botany

M.Sc. - The Ohio State University, 1992
Area of emphasis: Agronomy

As Superintendent on a championship tournament golf course, John DiMascio and his crew take pride in making the course look its best all the time. "There's always a level of competition between the workers for who can take care of their hole the best - the best mowed green, the best tee box. The finished product is appreciated greatly by those who use it."
Each August DiMascio is responsible for preparing the Firestone Country Club South Course to host the World Golf Championships - NEC Invitational. "A successful tournament experience is quite rewarding."

DiMascio appreciates the challenge of maintaining a diverse ecosystem such as a golf course. "The sciences of golf course management are quite diverse. To manage a golf course effectively I have to know something about electronics, engines, chemistry, biology, physics, entomology and turfgrass maintenance.  To do your work well you have to combine an education with practical applications and techniques to see what works best for your situation."

"There's nothing like work experience in the field, get experience!," suggests DiMascio. "You must make your education applicable by working in the field, then the next time something happens in the classroom it will be grounded in your own experience. The lectures will start clicking and you'll have better questions to ask in class."

"Working in different places can facilitate learning diverse methods for turf management," says DiMascio. "Don't get tunnel vision - there are many ways to do the same thing. Investigate the diverse methods available and make practical attempts to solve problems."