by Hillary Templin, Academic Coordinator, 2/05
Jeff Gullikson After receiving his B.S. degree in agronomy, turfgrass management option, in 1985, Jeffrey Gullikson accepted a position as assistant golf course superintendent at the Mint Valley golf course in Longview, Washington. He then moved on to serve as superintendent for two more courses and completed an M.S. in agronomy, turfgrass management, in 1991 before taking his current position in 2000 as the course superintendent for the Spokane Country Club.
Seven years ago Jeffrey co-founded the First Green of Washington, a program that pairs high school agriculture and science teachers with golf courses. Since that time, state and national curricula have been developed. Students gets a hands-on learning experience when they take field trips to the golf course, where they can combine an interest in golf with the applied science of environmentally sound golf course management.
Jeffrey was awarded the 2004 Golf Course Superintendents Association of America President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship for his work on the Golf and the Environment initiative. He has served as president of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents, and on the board of directors of the Northwest Turfgrass Association. He is currently the Spokane Area High School Advisory Committee Chairman for Environmental Science and Natural Resources, a Spokane Community College Horticulture advisory committee member, and a member of the WSU CSS advisory board.
The grandson of Orville and Bertha Vogel, Jeffrey lives in Deer Park with his wife Tammy and their three children, Jamie, Julie, and Jeffrey. In his spare time he runs an 80-acre hay farm at his home. by