Golf Course Management

SEP 2018

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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48 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 09.18 AT THE TURN (shop) Scott Hollister Trent Manning (left), the equipment manager at Ansley GC in Atlanta, is the winner of GCM's 2018 Most Valuable Technician Award, presented in partnership with Foley United. He was nominated for the award by Ansley's superintendent, Courtney Young, CGCS (right). Photos by Scott Hollister A curious mind Fueled by a natural inquisitiveness, 2018 Most Valuable Technician Award-winner Trent Manning has established a reputation as one of golf's most respected equipment managers. e late Dorothy Parker — an America poet, author and screenwriter who earned two Acad- emy Award nominations for her movie work — is credited with writing, "e cure for boredom is curiosity. ere is no cure for curiosity." If you ever needed validation that Parker was onto something with that sentiment, you could do far worse than to study someone like Trent Man - ning. e equipment manager at Ansley Golf Club in Atlanta, Manning possesses as inquisitive a mind as you're likely to find in the golf business. at doesn't necessarily make him unique: Many who are drawn to mechanical work are driven by a curiosity to discover how things work. But not many have taken that natural curiosity to as many places as Manning has in his nearly 30 years in the industry. A broad background in golf course management means Manning not only knows the nuts and bolts of the equipment business, but he's also well-versed in matters of irrigation, agronomy and staff management. He gives back to the industry through a long history of service to his local chapter, the Georgia GCSA, and on the national level with GCSAA. He gives time to his community, too, as a member of a volunteer search-and-rescue team. He's a competitive barbe - cue judge, loves to fish and is an enthusiastic and supportive family man. As the four-year GCSAA member puts it, "I don't get bored very often." At his core, though, Manning remains an equipment manager, and he is one of the indus - try's most respected, whether you're talking to his colleagues throughout the business or his "Things like the MVT aren't things I seek out. But to say I'm not honored ... would be wrong. I know it's a special recognition, and I'm grateful to everyone who voted for me." — Trent Manning

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