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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36 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.18 William, who managed to win her heart despite picking her up for their first date at 9 p.m. because he'd been golfing. If Debbie wondered whether William truly was serious, she soon had the answer. "When we met, he had hair to his shoulders, parted in the middle. His front tooth was chipped from a bicycle wreck. He wore cut- off blue jeans," she says. "His mother was a beautician. He went home, told her he wanted a haircut and that front tooth fixed. Next time, he was clean-shaven, tooth fixed. He was tall (6-foot-6), dark and handsome." ey entered marriage with jobs. He was an assistant superintendent, and Debbie was a home economics teacher. Five years later, the timing worked out perfectly for a dramatic change in their lives: William landed the superintendent job at Killearn Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla., which hosted the PGA Tour's Tallahassee Open. Debbie, meanwhile, relinquished her career, without a hint of resentment. "My raise going from Green Island (Country Club in Columbus, his first superintendent job) to Killearn was more than she was making teaching," William says. Debbie had plenty to keep her busy. eir first child, Jamie, was born Country Club of Columbus, Ga., where William Smith, CGCS, serves as superintendent, was designed by legendary architect Donald Ross. In 2009, it hosted the Georgia Amateur Championship in conjunction with the club's 100-year anniversary. Photo courtesy of Country Club of Columbus

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