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Alumni - Steve Stephens

Paxon Hollow Golf Course in Media, PA has been called the "best bang for the municipal buck" and others have said, "This may be the best golf course that I have ever played on. Its beautiful landscape and lush forests make this a golf course anyone can enjoy." Much of this and other praise is testimony to the handiwork of Superintendent and Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School alum, Steve Stephens.

A former drywall contractor for 15 years during the 1980s, Stephens was doing a drywall job at Pickering Valley golf course in Pennsylvania and knew that he wanted to be part of that environment. So Stephens did the obvious and got hired as a member of the groundscrew at Pickering Valley. “I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life hammering,” said Stephens.  Stephens quickly moved up to doing more advanced aerifying and seeding work but he knew that he wanted to become a superintendent and that he needed a degree to do it. Steve Stephens enrolled in the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School's two-year certificate program in the spring of 1996 and graduated just 2 years later. As is the good fortune of many Rutgers students, Stephens was offered a promotion to the assistant superintendent position at Paxon Hollow Golf Course during his first and second years of the Rutgers program. Two years later Paxon Hollow’s Superintendent moved on and Steve took over the position.

During has tenure at Paxon Hollow, Stephens has sent 4 of his employees to Rutgers: Brian Cross, David Stockmal, Barry Reese and Doug Bitler. As in his own case, Stephens believes that if they are serious about this business they have to get a degree.

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