Nothing Mentors Like John Deere…RJ Kogut Reflects on the "Careers on Course" Program

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"Careers on Course" with John Deere
“Careers on Course” with John Deere

Careers on Course” is an exciting new youth development program sponsored by John Deere, a Trustee of The First Tee, that provides teen participants at select chapters of The First Tee an opportunity to explore topics in agronomy and career paths in golf course management.Through the program, junior golfers spend the day hearing from key professionals who are responsible for golf course management, maintenance, design and equipment to gain a greater understanding of the practices required to present a well-manicured, environmentally safe and playable golf course as well as receive an introduction to club operations.

Read about the event first-hand! The First Tee of Connecticut participant RJ Kogut’s shares his experiences at this inaugural event!

RJ Kogut
RJ Kogut

“On Saturday August 31, I spent the day at the TPC Boston during the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

I had the opportunity to shadow Tom Brodeur, GCSAA Class A superintendent of TPC Boston. What a great experience! I had such a great day!

I learned so much about how the staff actually gets ready in the morning before play starts.

First, we started the morning meeting with all the staff, where almost 50 staff members were given jobs to do. Then I went out and tested the back nine greens for moisture. After that I got the chance to spend time with Tom Brodeur, and he drove me around, showing me how they test the green speeds and the firmness of the greens. Then, after all the work was done, I got to meet all the rules officials in their trailer; eat breakfast with the maintenance staff; then go and watched some great golf with my family!!

It was such a great day and I’m so glad I had the opportunity! I had the time of my life and learned so much from it!”

Thank you John Deere!
Thank you John Deere!

One response to “Nothing Mentors Like John Deere…RJ Kogut Reflects on the "Careers on Course" Program

  1. This is so great to see. I come from a John Deere dealership family (5th generation in training now) and it is so great to see mentorship like this from a company that has been so important in my life. I’m really glad to see the GIRLS in the photo! Way to go JD!

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