Mr. April 2021: Rusty

Rusty was the best thing to happen in 2020. He is the fully trained border collie who was raffled off by Flyaway Geese at the 2020 Golf Industry Show in Orlando, Fla. Though just 2 years old, Rusty has the instincts of a seasoned golf course dog and has settled into his duties at Westlake Golf and Country Club in Jackson, N.J., where he keeps the course’s 23 ponds free of geese. Rusty loves to swim and accompany his owner, Jennifer, on morning checks of the course, and his affectionate personality always lifts crew morale.

GCSAA Class A superintendent Jennifer Torres is a 2006 graduate of the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management program. She is a 13-year member of GCSAA, a GCSAA grassroots ambassador, and a member of the GCSA of New Jersey board of directors. Jennifer has been the superintendent at Westlake Golf and Country Club since fall 2019, and she can often be found working on the course alongside family members. Her son, who has worked with her for many years, encouraged her to enter the contest at GIS to win Rusty. (Read even more about Rusty in Hot diggity: Goose dog makes a splash at new golf course home.) When not on the job, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and baking for family and friends.

Photo by Jennifer Torres