Golf Course Management

OCT 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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10.18 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 35 Juggling early mornings, long hours, family obligations, obstacles and life in general, golf course superintendents and their spouses do whatever it takes to navigate the journey together. Howard Richman SIGNIFICANT Spoiler alert: is story is about superintendents and their spouses. It is also about their children. e ups and downs. Romance. Taking the pressure of their job home with them. How they met. And who had to cook. William and Debbie Smith William Smith, CGCS, needed a ride. Last January, he tried to pull a stake out of the ground, but the outcome was painful. Smith suffered a ruptured disk in his back that required surgery. e injury didn't stop Smith from his superintendent duties, so his wife, Deb - bie, drove — for three months. It was a 60-mile round trip in a gray Ford F-150, to and from the Country Club of Columbus in Columbus, Ga., early each morning. William would lie down in the back seat of the truck because the back pain would not allow him to sit longer than a few minutes. Debbie's support is no surprise to the man she married in 1976. "She went above and beyond the call of duty. She did what we needed to do. at's how we've done it for the last 42 years," says William, a 41-year GCSAA member. Debbie, William said, has possessed saintly traits for some time — even before they married. ey met when he was a student at the University of Georgia, and she was at Auburn University. "Just a nice girl. My first serious girlfriend," says o t h e r s

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