Golf Course Management

OCT 2018

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40 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.18 Top: GCSAA Class A superintendent Kathy Hauff met her husband, Tom, in the lunch line at Eastern Washington University. After they married, they worked together at Hayden Lake Country Club in Idaho. Photos courtesy of Kathy Hauff Bottom: Kathy Hauff, who oversees two golf courses in Portland, Ore., was chosen as the Oregon Golf Association's Superintendent of the Year in 2015. Kathy and Tom Hauff Kathy Hauff is a superintendent. Calling her a "female superintendent" isn't necessary. "I never think of myself that way. I just feel that I am a super - intendent," Hauff says. Hauff's calling suits her just fine, says her hus - band, Tom Hauff, Ph.D. "We don't buy into the gen- der identity thing. It's just a matter of people being who they are, and she is intelligent and hard-work - ing," he says. In 2009, Hauff became the first female super - intendent in the 100-year history of the Portland (Ore.) Parks & Recreation Bureau. She was chosen as the Oregon Golf Association's Superintendent of the Year in 2015. Obviously, people have noticed Hauff's professional competence as superintendent of East - moreland Golf Course; in December, the City of Portland added RedTail Golf Course to her duties. Her ascension was earned, according to GCSAA Class A superintendent Jesse Good ling, one of her mentors. "When she worked for me, she wasn't afraid to repair irrigation or grab a shovel and see a project through," says Goodling, a 26-year association mem - ber who runs Portland's Heron Lakes Golf Club. "She's always been focused on what the city needs, and she had the desire to move forward. Opportunity came for her, and she has set a good example." Hauff, a 20-year association member who worked 11 years for Goodling and is one of 54 female super - intendents, according to GCSAA's database, paid close attention to him — developing traits she epit - omizes today. "I learned how to work with people, how to be fair, and to listen to all sides in making a decision," she says. e Hauffs met in the lunch line at Eastern Wash - ington University, where Tom overheard Kathy and a friend talking about an upcoming concert. Tom ended up tagging along, and he and Kathy talked all concert long. In those days, Kathy wanted to be an art teacher. Tom wanted to be a rock star. ose early distinctions in their individual lives exist today. But a closer look reveals how much they have always shared. When newly married, they both worked at Hayden Lake Country Club in northern Idaho. She was the gardener; he worked on the crew. For seven years, the golf course was the setting of their shared professional life. For example, on their fifth wedding anniversary, he professed his love by ensuring that Kathy had to come to the clubhouse, in front of everyone. And often. "He sent me five bouquets of flowers through - out the day," Kathy says. "I'd get a call on the loud- speaker. … 'Kathy, you have another delivery.' "e golf course was a shared part of our life to - gether. All of this golf experience means that now- adays, when I tell him what is happening at the course, he, having also worked in golf, completely

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