Aug. 1, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- Jerry Kershasky, the previous head superintendent at Westmoor Country Club in Brookfield, Wis., has been selected the new superintendent of University Ridge Golf Course, announced today by Ridge general manager Michael Gaspard.
"Jerry joins us with over 36 years of experience in the golf course industry," Gaspard said. "He will be the lead in University Ridge's "20-Year Tune Up" beginning this August, which is highlighted by the re-grassing of 19 greens."
From 1975 to 2011, Kershasky was the superintendent at Westmoor, a private course that hosted three Wisconsin State Opens, the most recent in 2004. In 2008, he directed and supervised a $2 million dollar renovation project which included the re-grassing of 20 greens at the highly-esteemed country club.
Besides overseeing the tune-up, Kershasky's primary responsibilities will be managing the staff and maintaining the grounds of University Ridge and its nationally-recognized cross country course. Kershasky will also provide oversight and management of the athletic turf management program and fields.
Kershasky is a graduate of UW-La Crosse with a degree in administration of parks and recreation/turf grass management emphasis. He has been a featured speaker on many cutting edge topics in the world of turf grass. He has also published several articles on turf management in trade journals. Recognized as an innovator in turf care methods, Kershasky has also conducted experimental research on-site for several University of Wisconsin departments including plant pathology, agronomy and entomology.
University Ridge will be closing Aug. 7 to re-surface the 18 original greens plus the putting practice area. The re-grassing will be an opportunity to bring some of the most valuable assets on the course up to date. This is a 20-year tune-up for the course which opened to the public in 1991. The course will re-open in May 2013.