Golf Course Management

NOV 2018

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11.18 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 35 Superintendent Justin Woodland is unafraid to speak his mind and fearless when it comes to helping others. Howard Richman Giving If this had turned out differently, no doubt Justin Woodland and Mitchell Seamons would have been tight. Woodland, a nine-year GCSAA superintendent who oversees e Barn Golf Club in Ogden, Utah, shares traits with Seamons. "I always went for the underdog. I got my (rear) kicked numerous times because of that," Woodland says. Seamons' mother, Laurie, tells a similar story about her son. "When we moved from Twin Falls to Idaho Falls (both towns in Idaho), Mitchell came home one day from school and was livid because some of the kids were harassing other boys," Lau - rie says, noting that the following day Mitchell stood up for those who were being bullied. "He just had to say something, and then it was done. Mitchell was always very conscientious of the outcast kids." In time, Woodland and Mitchell Seamons crossed paths. Ten years ago, Seamons, then a college student at Weber State University, was diagnosed with brain cancer. Woodland heard about it and intervened. His daughter, NiKell, had beaten a serious health issue as a youngster, yet Woodland wasn't about to let oth - ers endure the fight without help — a characteristic that doesn't end with just his family. He established the NiKell Woodland Scholarship at Weber State to benefit students with life-threatening and terminal illnesses. Seamons was the first recipi - ent. Although Woodland didn't know much about Seamons, it didn't matter. "He caught wind of it and just swooped in," Laurie Seamons says. It was a matter of Woodland just being himself — a benevolent soul who is unafraid to say what is on his mind and goes to great measures to do what he can so others may have more tomorrows. "His honesty is built out of caring. He doesn't beat around the bush," says GCSAA Class A superintendent Pat Christoffer, a 17- year association member, at Red Ledges in Heber City, Utah. "He has a passion for learning, a passion for the industry, he thinks about others, and he runs a great track. What more could you want?" his ALL

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