Golf Course Management

OCT 2018

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42 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.18 understands, and he understands the rigors of the job, that I'm basically on call all the time. If the irri - gation system goes down at a course, he understands the urgency of getting it back up and running." Tom no longer works in golf. He is a professor at Multnomah University in Portland, where he teaches New Testament and Old Testament Bible. Yet this change in his career hasn't lessened their shared experience and core values. "We both have the same worldview because we're both devoted fol - lowers of Jesus Christ. e Bible Tom teaches is criti- cal to my life as well, so we easily can discuss his work, and often he will ask my opinions about his ideas," Kathy says. All this is to say, for this superintendent, their re - lationship has remained on the same page. "It's us. A team effort. No matter what it is," she says. Jim Jensen and Kathy Gildersleeve-Jensen Jim Jensen and Kathy Gildersleeve-Jensen have it all figured out. "I send golfers to go destroy his golf course so he has job security. He hands out my business card so I'll have job security," Kathy says with a laugh. Gildersleeve-Jensen, a former collegiate golfer at Oregon State University, has been a club pro since 1990 and is a PGA Class A Golf Professional. Her husband, Jim Jensen, is a GCSAA Class A golf course superintendent. "He's always looking down, inspecting the turf. I'm always looking up, watching the golf ball," she says. Surprisingly (not), the two met at a golf course. ey worked at Downriver Golf Course in Spokane, Wash. He was in high school working in the restaurant; Kathy, four years older and in college, worked in the pro shop and restau - rant. eir first date was 10 years later at a Diamond Rio concert atop Silver Mountain Resort in Idaho. "He always kind of had a crush on me, and I didn't even know it," she says. Shortly after marriage, the two formed a team at Deer Park (Wash.) Golf Club when it opened in 1996. While Jim has remained at Deer Park, Kathy now teaches at Kalispel Golf and Country Club in Spokane, Wash., in the summer and at Las Barran - cas Golf Club in Yuma, Ariz., in the winter. In several cases, the superintendent-club pro re - lationship is stronger now than it was decades ago. e two understand the importance of ensuring that tandem is cohesive. "When I first got into golf course maintenance, there was always a battle with the pro shop at one point or another," says Jim, a 27-year as - sociation member. "I've gained an understanding to be more patient with the golf pros and to try to work with them. We have a chance to see both sides of the golf fence." Kathy, who in 2014 became the first woman to earn one of the PGA of America's highest honors as Top: GCSAA Class A superintendent Jim Jensen and his wife, PGA Class A Golf Professional Kathy Gildersleeve-Jensen with their children Brianna and Chase. Photos courtesy of Jim Jensen Bottom: How about this golfing foursome? Golf always has been part of the fiber for the Jensen family.

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