- Full Name
- Michael John Hurdzan
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- Year of Birth
- Place Born
- Wheeling, West Virginia, USA
Dr. Michael Hurdzan, ASGCA Past President, studied turf management at Ohio State University and earned a Masters and a Ph.D. in environmental plant physiology at the University of Vermont. Michael doesn’t just design great golf courses; he is also extremely active in speaking and teaching on golf industry related topics and has written and published seven books on golf course design, construction, history, and risk management. ASGCA
Mike Hurdzan started out in golf at Beacon Light Golf Course in Columbus, Ohio, where his father worked as a golf instructor. The facility was owned by Jack Kidwell, a man deeply involved in the game as a PGA member, course superintendent and golf course architect.
Hurdzan completed his preliminary studies in 1970, having gained a Batchelor of Science degree in Turfgrass Management from the Ohio State University and a Master of Science degree in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont.
Jack Kidwell offered Mike a position in his design company and six years later the firm of Kidwell & Hurdzan Incorporated was founded in 1976. By the end of the following decade, the partnership was responsible for setting out more than a hundred courses across the Mid-west.
Mike’s formal education continued throughout the 1970s, attaining a Phd. In Environmental Plant Physiology from the University of Vermont in 1974 followed by further studies for a BSc. degree in Landscape Architecture at the Ohio State University which concluded in 1978.
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