Golf Course Management

SEP 2018

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84 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 09.18 Q: What is your favorite word? A: "Sure." Q: The most challenging aspect of your job is …? A: Finding and retaining crew members that want to wake up every day at 5 a.m. and work outside in the elements. Q: Name the last movie you saw in a theater, and when was it? A: It's been awhile. "Hot Tub Time Machine," March 2010. Q: What is your go-to phone app? A: The Weather Channel. Q: Including you, who would you have in your dream golf foursome? A: I know they aren't all living, but Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Q: What did it mean to you to land your first superintendent role? A: It meant a lot to be picked to be superintendent of Ed Oliver Golf Club. There are so many applicants, both new and veteran. Nowadays, for the few jobs that come up, to be picked out of the bunch, is pretty cool. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you The timing seems perfect to address the promotion of Michael Fagan. A few days after GCM reached out to him to do this piece, the home that was used for the legendary TV show "The Brady Bunch" went on the market for an asking price of $1.885 million. The show included six children. That is exactly how many children grew up in the house in which Fagan was raised in Lansdale, Pa. — with three boys and three girls, the same scenario as the show. Fagan, the youngest, was also the only one in his family who had an interest in golf, which has worked out in terrific fashion. After graduating in December 2003 from Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pa., Fagan went to work for the crew at Pebble Beach Golf Links, just in time for the PGA Tour's Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. "That was pretty sweet," says Fagan, a 12-year GCSAA member. He and wife Danielle have a son, Michael. Although they never made a TV show about his large family, Fagan says what he had growing up was real. "There was always somebody around," he says, "and there was always somebody there to help out." Michael Fagan Was: Assistant superintendent, Lederach Golf Club, Harleysville, Pa. Is: Superintendent, Ed Oliver Golf Club, Wilmington, Del. (climbing the ladder) ON COURSE Sept. 5-8 — USGA, World Amateur Team, Canton House Golf Club, Dublin, Ireland Sept. 6-9 — PGA Tour, BMW Cham- pionship, Aronimink Golf Club, Newtown Square, Pa.; John Gosselin, superintendent Sept. 6-9 — European Tour, Omega European Masters, Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, Crans-Montana, Switzerland Sept. 7-9 — Symetra Tour, Garden City (Kan.) Charity Classic at Buffalo Dunes; Clay Payne, superintendent Sept. 13-16 — Tour, Alb- ertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco, Hillcrest Country Club; Donald Aholt, GCSAA Class A superintendent Sept. 13-16 — LPGA, The Evian Championship, Evian Resort Golf Club, Rive Sud du Lac de Genève, Evian-les- Bains, France Sept. 13-16 — European Tour, KLM Open, The Dutch, Spijk, Groningen, Netherlands Sept. 14-16 — PGA Tour Champions, The Ally Challenge, Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club, Grand Blanc, Mich.; Chris Kuciemba, superintendent Sept. 15-17 — Symetra Tour, Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout, Mystic Creek Golf Club, El Dorado, Ark.; Vincent Kuhn, GCSAA Class A superintendent Sept. 20-23 — PGA Tour, Tour Cham- pionship, East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta; Ralph Kepple, CGCS; Charles Aubry, superintendent Sept. 20-23 — Tour, Web. com Tour Championship, Atlantic Beach (Fla.) Country Club; Chesley Scott, GCSAA Class A superintendent Sept. 20-23 — European Tour, Portugal Masters, Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura Sept. 21-23 — PGA Tour Champions, Sanford International, Minnehaha Coun- try Club, Sioux Falls, S.D.; David Swift, GCSAA Class A superintendent MEMBERS ONLY

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