Student interns at Augusta National Golf Club

June 17, 2013

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Kevin Hartenberger

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ — Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., has a reputation for quality golfing and greenery as it hosts the Masters Tournament every year, which is one of four major championships in professional golf. University of Wisconsin-Platteville student, Kevin Hartenberger, a senior ornamental horticulture major from Rockford, Ill., recently finished his internship at Augusta National Golf Club course, the same course on which professional golfers such as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have played.

“I had contacted courses in the top 100 golf courses in the nation,” said Hartenberger. “After I gave them a call, they looked at my résumé and two weeks later I was on my way to Augusta National Golf Club for a five-and-a-half-month internship.”

Hartenberger was a nursery department intern, taking care of everything on the property that is non-sports related. This included all the greenery outside of the rough, and the fairways and greens.

Augusta is known to have exceptional vegetation. Each hole has a tree or shrub associated with it, including Tea Olive, Pink Dogwood, Flowering Peach and Magnolia.

“I worked quite a bit with Azaleas. Hole 13 is centered around Azaleas, which is also what Augusta is known for,” he said.

Hartenberger did everything from pruning and pesticide application to mowing.

“My favorite part of my internship was Masters Week,” said Hartenberger. “I did a lot of networking and seeing so many professional golfers was really cool. I was in charge of the players’ tent, which is where the players go to hang out between rounds and eat their meals. No spectators are allowed in the tent, or even near it. I was the one of only a few people from the nursery department who worked in there, taking care of all of the flowers and topiaries they had decorating the tent.”

This internship solidified Hartenberger’s passion for working in ornamental horticulture on golf courses as a career. “Augusta is known for its detail when it comes to the greenery,” he said. “I had a great time and learned much more than I ever thought I would.”

Hartenberger is currently working at another internship at Baltusrol Golf Club, at the base of the Baltusrol Mountain in northern New Jersey.

Written by: Eileen McGuine, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, mcguinee@uwplatt.edu

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