By Gary Deters
Hello everyone, my name is Gary Deters and I am the new Turf Research Field Facility Manager with the Turfgrass Science team. I am looking forward to working with the turfgrass researchers, and helping to continue the great work coming from the University of Minnesota.
I am a proud graduate of the University of Minnesota, where I majored in Environmental Horticulture with an emphasis in Turfgrass Management. I have spent over half my life in the golf course industry, with the previous six years as a golf course superintendent at St. Cloud Country Club. I hope my experience in the field will give the researchers a golf course superintendent’s perspective on our trials and experiments. I am excited to help maintain the research fields at the Turfgrass Research, Outreach, and Education Center.
My passion for turfgrass management evolved from being a lifelong avid golfer, and it’s still one of my favorite things to do. I enjoy traveling the world with my wife, as we have been to fifteen different countries over the last five years with the hope to add more in the future. I am also a fitness enthusiast, and I enjoy a good workout at the gym. On the lighter side, I am a big fan of Star Wars and Seinfeld.
I am excited to be back on the St. Paul campus and living in the Twin Cities metro. I have a lot of great memories of being a student at the University of Minnesota, and I am looking forward to creating new friendships and memories as a part of the turfgrass team in the Department of Horticultural Science.