Can you briefly describe your professional background and how it relates to your responsibilities at Meadowbrook today? I oversee all aspects of maintenance on the golf course with a crew of 2 full time and 9 seasonal employees. When I first started, I was 21 years old and right out of college. I attended Ohio State Wooster and became an assistant superintendent for 7 years. After receiving my degree in turf, I had a considerable amount of hands on training from my mentor and boss Bill Burton at Meadowbrook. I then obtained my licenses in chemical spraying and fertilizing. When Bill retired, I took over as Superintendent and have been in this position ever since.
Why is Meadowbrook such a great facility for the community? It’s a great facility and space for Clayton because it gives the city a considerable amount of green space for the community to enjoy.
What’s your favorite thing/part of Meadowbrook that people may not know about? I believe people would be surprised by some of the wildlife we get to see at Meadowbrook, like fox, hawks, coyotes, owls, and even a young bald eagle.
Is there something you wish people knew about Meadowbrook? I’d like people to know how hard we work as employees to keep Meadowbrook at Clayton as one of the best courses in our region. When people compliment the golf course, it’s nice to hear because working with Mother Nature can be challenging at times. Every year has its ups and downs and my staff, and we battle through to keep the course looking it’s best and we take a lot of pride in our work on a daily basis. I’d also like people to know we’re coming up on our 100-year Anniversary and Meadowbrook was built in 1924 by Alex “Nipper” Campbell.
What do you like to do when you’re not at Meadowbrook working? My family and I like boating and my wife and I enjoy watching our children play their sports.
Additional information about Mark: Mark is married to his loving wife Jocelyn, beautiful daughter Jordyn age 22, and two sons Brandon 18 and Kyle 15.