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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50 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.18 Golf Industry Show for the Turf Bowl, in- ternships at Medinah Country Club and e Straits course at Whistling Straits, two seasons as second assistant at Biltmore Country Club, and now my current position as first assistant at e Club at Wynstone. I would not have been able to get where I am today without the people who have helped influence my career. Many superintendents have helped mold me into the person I am. ey include Corey Shipman, Justin Sudo, Curtis Tyrrell, Chris Zugel, Brian omson and Ben McGargill. ese leaders have had a significant impact on my development since I started in the industry. Whether introducing me to the ins and outs of golf course mainte - nance or trusting me to put together the agro- nomic calendar, all of these individuals helped point me down the right path to becoming a golf course superintendent. e Assistant Superintendent Certificate Series intrigued me when I heard it was being developed. I am always searching for ways I can distinguish myself from fellow assistants, so I can fulfill my dream of becoming a golf course superintendent. I believe the GCSAA has built a strong foundation for assistants to When I meet a new assistant or superinten - dent, I'm often asked, "How did you get into the industry?" Like many, my journey into this profession has not followed a straight path. After high school, I started out as a music per - formance major at the University of Northern Iowa. I had played the cello since the end of fourth grade, and I was certain that was what I wanted to do with my life. I quickly realized it was not going to be the right path for me. I transferred to the community college in my hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for a se - mester. I had always thought that working on a golf course would be a cool experience and started applying at every maintenance opera - tion I could find. I landed at Ellis Golf Course and immediately was consumed by the main - tenance operation. I moved on to Iowa State University and started my first semester as a business major, which also was not the right choice for me. I couldn't shake the idea of working on a golf course, and I switched into the horticul - ture program, quickly found an internship for the summer and was on my way to the Kah - kwa Club in Erie, Pa. e rest of my journey seems like a blur, including three trips to the Above, top right: Scenes from Pannkuk's current course, The Club at Wynstone in North Barrington, Ill. Pannkuk aims to become a superintendent, and he considers the GCSAA's Assistant Superintendent Certifi - cate Series a way to achieve that goal. Photos by Conrad Pannkuk Bottom right: Pannkuk hand-waters a green during his internship at Whistling Straits, where he worked for superintendent Chris Zugel, whom Pannkuk considers a "phenomenal leader" and invaluable mentor. Photo by Cam Rice

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