Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

OSU-OKC Turf Management Graduate Selected for Prestigious Internship

OSU-Oklahoma City Turfgrass Management graduate Zack London was recently selected to be a part of a highly prestigious summer internship program with the United States Golf Association (USGA). Through the internship, he will spend one week with the association’s Mid-Continent Region Director visiting several golf courses to learn about course management and style through the eyes of golf course superintendents.

 

“There are so many ways to manage a golf course and I think it’s interesting to learn about what transpired in years past for a particular superintendent to do what he does the way he does it,” London said.

 

Although the internship is usually for students pursuing their master’s degrees, London’s professors felt he had key qualifications and experiences that would make him a good candidate.

 

“Zack is an exceptional student that exhibits a drive to succeed at anything he does and takes advantage of all the opportunities as they present themselves,” said David Gerken, OSU-OKC Turfgrass Management/Irrigation associate professor.

 

According to OSU-Stillwater Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Professor Dr. Greg Bell, the internship is very prestigious. “Each university is only allowed to recommend one student. Zack is the first undergraduate ever selected from our program.”

 

London feels that much of his preparation for the internship can be attributed to OSU-OKC’s Turfgrass Management program and the small class sizes that allowed for considerate amounts of conversation between teachers and students. “Further, these conversations among teachers and students is where a student really begins to learn what’s beneath the surface,” he said.

 

In addition to small class sizes, London feels his experiences outside of the classroom were invaluable. “You always hear people say you learn more when you’re on the job than what you learn in the classroom,” London said. “That’s how it was at OSU-OKC. I was put in a position where I was on the field learning as if I were at a job, but I was actually at school.”

 

His main advice for future OSU-OKC students is, “what you get out of a situation is what you put into it.” He emphasizes that it is important to show up to class, take notes, engage in conversation and to study throughout the semester.

 

“There are so many teachers that are willing to go above and beyond to help with whatever the student is facing. It’s up to the student to speak up and voice their concern because, whenever that happens, more than likely the student will learn something new,” he said.

 

London graduated with his associate’s degree in Turfgrass Management in the summer of 2013 and transferred to OSU-Stillwater. He will complete his bachelor’s degree in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture in December 2015.

 

To learn more about OSU-OKC’s Turfgrass Management degree, visit www.osuokc.edu/turf. For more information about USGA, visit www.usga.org.

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Pictured is OSU-OKC Turfgrass Management alumnus Zack London at the U.S. Senior Open hosted by the USGA. Photo provided by Zack London.