Recent Graduate Profile

Brian Kreft and Sylvan Pritchett

Read about the exciting work being done at OSU by Horticulture graduates Brian Kreft and Sylvan Pritchett. With the help of our Environmental Landscape Instructor, Al Shay, they’ve created “food forests” on campus which are being used to provide nutritious food for students in the dorms and which will also provide the produce for a new eatery on campus.


Josh Lewis 2010 Graduate

Josh Lewis

B.S. in Horticulture with an option in Turf Management.
Graduated 2010.

Before I started attending OSU, I worked for 6 years at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, as part of the construction crew on the Bandon Trails course - I also worked as an irrigation technician. The superintendent of the course encouraged me to go back to school, to really make a career of the turf industry.

While I was a student, I interned at Eugene Country Club, where I helped get the club ready for the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. I worked closely with representatives from USGA and the club's foreman to set up the specific layout for the holes that would be used during the Championship. I also got firsthand experience dealing with budgeting issues resulting from all these changes.

After I graduated from OSU, I accepted an assistant supervisor position at Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, CA, where I worked on a 30 acre grass restoration project. Another project was 11 acres of brush removal, where we found that the best approach was to let 135 goats eat away at what we needed to remove. I really value my experience at Pasatiempo, because of the innovative methods we used to restore and refresh the Alister MacKenzie-designed course.

Now I'm working at Chambers Bay Golf Course in Tacoma, WA, helping manage a renovation project. Chambers Bay is the site of the 2015 U. S. Open, so there is a lot we need to do to get the course ready for the competition, not to mention the 50,000 spectators a day we can expect. We're rebuilding greens and bunkers and widening corridors, as well as working on innovative ways of refreshing the turfgrass.

I value my time at OSU - and the intimacy and quality of the turf management program. It truly was a quality-over-quantity situation, with expert faculty leading the way. Along with my education, I also got the opportunity to build relationships with those in the industry, which was very helpful once I graduated!