Golf Course Management

OCT 2018

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18 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.18 In an effort to promote togetherness, the Minnick family decided to take up an Olympic sport. One of them is getting a kick out of it in a big way. Brad Minnick, CGCS, needed only five years after his fam - ily began participating in the martial art of taekwondo — which means "way of hand and foot" — to conquer it. In July, Minnick won the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) world cham - pionship in his division at its annual international tournament in Little Rock, Ark. Minnick, 45, won a gold medal in combat weapons sparring. He defeated Tommy Buckmaster 10-8 in the final. "I get goosebumps talking about it. It was the culmination of a lot of work to that point," says Minnick, a 24-year GCSAA member. Taekwondo was incorporated into the Olympics 13 years before the Minnicks tried it. Since they started, though, they've certainly racked up the accomplishments. Brad and his sons, Gan - non and Bennett, have earned black belts. His wife and the boys' mother, Heather, is close to receiving her black belt. "I love to com - pete. That's just my nature," Brad says. "We wanted to give the boys self-awareness, have some structure. It was an opportunity for us to work out as a family, and we could do it together." A native of Chillicothe, Mo., Minnick graduated with a degree in turf - grass management from the University of Missouri. "At 15, I told my dad I wanted to be a superintendent," he says. From 1998 to 2008, Minnick oversaw Lawrence (Kan.) Country Club. Vietnam veteran Peter Conway started on the crew shortly after Minnick began and said he loved working Turf titan Brad Minnick, CGCS, visited his old stomping grounds, Lawrence (Kan.) Country Club, to have his picture taken after he won a world taekwondo championship. Minnick worked at Lawrence CC from 1998 to 2008. Photo by Roger Billings

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