David Delsandro

David_DelsandroI was born and raised in Monongahela, PA; a small, blue-collar suburb
approximately 45 minutes south of Pittsburgh. I graduated valedictorian of Ringgold High School in 2002. Throughout high school, I worked several small jobs earning money and learning the importance of responsibility and accountability. My main occupation while attending high school, which proved vital in my future career choice, was working at Cedarbrook Golf Course. Cedarbrook is a 36-hole public facility. It was originally constructed in 1963 by James Harrison and later rerouted to its current 36-hole layout by Dr. Hurdzan in 1986. Cedarbrook is looked upon as, “The leader in affordable, quality, public golf.” While working at Cedarbrook, I learned all of the necessary fundamentals of growing grass and producing quality playing conditions. By contemplating my future education and past work experience, I decided to obtain my post-secondary education from The Pennsylvania State University. The first two summers while attending Penn State, I continued to work at Cedarbrook further honing my skills while increasing my responsibility and applying the technical knowledge of turfgrass science to real world issues encountered on the golf course.

After spending several years working at Cedarbrook, and having the opportunity to volunteer for the 2003 U.S. Amateur at Oakmont Country Club, I obtained an internship at Oakmont for the summer of 2004. I returned to Oakmont as a tenured intern in 2005, and was hired fulltime upon graduation in 2006.

After only five months of full-time employment at Oakmont, I was promoted to First Assistant Golf Course Superintendent in October of 2006. This opportunity thrust my development as a turf manager into overdrive as I earned the responsibility to be First Assistant for the 2007 U.S. Open and 2010 U.S. Women’s Open. Oakmont is perennially recognized as one of the top golf courses in the world. It was designed by Henry C. Fownes in 1903 and is revered for its fast greens and penal bunkers. Throughout my tenure at Oakmont, I was actively involved in managing countless projects, including but not limited to, a full golf course restoration, widening of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, facility construction and renovation, development and execution of innovative, industry-recognized agronomic programs, and preparing for, hosting, and restoration following major championships.

I was hired as Grounds Superintendent at Nassau Country Club in December 2010. Nassau is recognized as one of the most well established Clubs in the Metropolitan area, possibly the most competitive golf environment in the country. Upon arrival at Nassau and encountering several agronomic and political issues, I led a Club wide renaissance including complete overhaul of all facets of agronomy and management. During my tenure, the Club has experienced unprecedented reverence and increased Membership. The highlights of my work at Nassau include diagnosis and management of astronomical nematode populations which fostered an industry recognized $2 million dollar greens reconstruction with Mr. Tom Marzolf, Senior Design Associate, Fazio Golf Course Designers; deforestation of approximately 1,200 trees; building a skilled, motivated team including an internship program and management structure; complete renovation of the Grounds Maintenance Facility; overhaul of the irrigation system; creation and implementation of all fundamental agronomic programs, execution of several off- course capital projects, effectively preparing and restoring club grounds following Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Sandy, and helping to change the culture of the entire country club.

In October of 2013, I was presented with the opportunity to return to Oakmont Country Club as Director of U.S. Open Operations and Projects. I quickly seized this opportunity and accepted the position as it afforded me another chance to work side-by-side with my great friend and mentor John Zimmers, prepare for and host the 2016 U.S. Open, and return to the great city of Pittsburgh. I married my wife Danielle on October 13, 2012. In my spare time I enjoy cheering for my hometown Pittsburgh Penguins, training CrossFit, and running.