Brian Callahan

Amherst Massachusetts

My name is Brian Callahan and I grew up in Lanesboro Massachusetts and I am currently a senior at UMass Amherst going for my Bachelor degree in Plant Soil Insect science with a concentration in Turfgrass Management business. I received my associate’s degree in Turfgrass Management in 2012 from the Stockbridge school at UMass Amherst.
Since I can remember I have always loved being and working outside. I always loved working in the yard, playing in the dirt, and helping my grandfather out with his garden. As I went into high school my main sport I played was Golf .Most times when playing I was always looking at the condition of the course rather than focusing on the game. I am lucky enough that the two things I like the most go hand and hand.
I have worked at a few different places throughout my college career. The summer going into my freshman year I worked closely with the superintendent of grounds at Tanglewood which is a world famous outdoor music hall owned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and located in Lenox Massachusetts. While at Tanglewood I learned many things about turf along with flowers and trees. I learned a lot about irrigation while there and whenever there was a problem with the system many times my boss would put me on it to fix it. The following summer I interned at Bass Rocks Golf Club in Gloucester Massachusetts. While there I learned many skills needed to become a superintendent of a golf course along with how to operate different forms of machines. In the summer of 2012 I interned at the Country Club of Pittsfield located in Pittsfield Massachusetts. There I worked closely with the assistant superintendent and was a great learning experience for me. In the summer of 2013 I was awarded a scholarship from the University of Massachusetts to go work on a golf course in Scotland. The course is called Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club and is located on the Mull of Kyntyre. The course is considered the world’s most natural golf course. It is located on special scientific research land and they are only allowed to spray chemicals on their greens and tees and they are very restricted to what they use. While working there over the summer it was interesting to see how they maintained the turf with little or no chemicals. Along with learning more sustainable ways to manage turf I also learned how to live outside the country by myself and got to experience a new culture.