After playing high school golf and finding a love for golf courses, Steve attended Delaware Valley University to study Turfgrass Management. The highlights of undergraduate school included playing all 4 years of collegiate golf, working at Philadelphia Country Club, and getting an internship with the USGA for the Turf Advisory Service.
Steve graduated with a Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland (UM) where he studied and worked with Dr. Peter Dernoeden and Dr. John Kaminski (currently a professor at Penn State). While at UM, Steve worked for three years in the Turfgrass Disease Diagnostic lab which received hundreds of samples per year. He was involved in over 40 research trials, during the three years there, working extensively with dollar spot, gray leaf spot and herbicides, and plant growth regulators for the management of Poa Annua in cool-season turf. Other projects dealt with: bio-stimulants, fertilizers, fungicide combinations, herbicides, cultural practices, and turfgrass safety.
Steve has been visiting more than 225 golf courses annually for over 10 years as an agronomic consultant. In that time, Steve has been involved with more than 1,800 different protocols for various fertilizers and plant protection materials.
Steve is also active in the academic setting, teaching in the Professional Golf Turf Management Program at Rutgers University. He has taught more than 600 students in the program since 2012. Since 2020, Steve also taught a capstone course at Delaware Valley University called Case Studies in Turfgrass Management.
As a member of Stonewall Links and French Creek Golf Club in Elverson, PA, Steve is an avid golfer and maintains a handicap index that bounces around 4 to 5. As time allows he plays in many events including Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) matches and other amateur events. He has also attended USGA Rules of Golf Seminars to help with work and play rules decisions.