Golf Course Management

NOV 2018

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36 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 11.18 quite a role model. "She was 5 feet tall, raised four kids on $3.35 an hour and was the strongest woman in my life," he says. In those years, Woodland devel - oped a knack for protecting others who were picked on. On occasion, it was painful. "Once I got a con - cussion. Another time I broke my hand. I would just stand up for people," he says. It's no surprise, then, that only one movie made him cry: "Rudy," the story of undersized football player Rudy Ruettiger, who walked on at Notre Dame to beat the odds and lived his dream of play - ing in a game. "Because he was the little guy," Wood- land says. Renowned former superintendent Matt Shaffer, a 38-year GCSAA member who oversaw Merion (Pa.) Golf Club, formed a friendship with Woodland, and he can count the reasons why. "Justin is the real deal. He is everything a father, husband, business owner, golf course superintendent and friend should be," Shaffer says. "He doesn't even know how to think of himself first. Never enters his thought process." Memorable gesture Golf, the taco bar and banter were done at Glad- stan Golf Course in Payson, Utah, following the Utah GCSA Championship in early August. en came the big announcement. GCSAA Class A superintendent Eric Gifford had come from his job at Riverside Country Club in Provo, Utah, for the luncheon portion of the annual chapter event. It had been a harrowing year so far for Gifford, whose son, Luka, required open-heart Family, fighting and Rudy If you golf in Ogden, undoubtedly the Woodland name is familiar. e family bought e Barn GC in 1987, although Justin wondered why at the time. "It was one of the worst tracks I'd been on. ere'd been no money in it. A dog track," he says. at identity would change. It took a family to make it happen. His grandparents, the Randalls, purchased it, but the Woodlands have their finger - prints all over the public 18-hole facility, which in time became solid enough to host regional events, such as USGA qualifiers and high school matches. Justin's father, Kelly, and uncle, Shon, are co-own - ers. Justin's brother, Kory, is the PGA Club Profes- sional. Justin, assistant superintendent for 22 years, has been the superintendent since 2012. It isn't his only job, however. In his spare time, Woodland owns and operates Airgronomics, a com - pany that uses an Air2G2 machine to laterally inject pressurized air into the soil of golf courses and ath - letic fields in order to relieve compaction of the soil while increasing water porosity and enhancing respi - ration. And, next year, Woodland will serve as presi- dent of the Utah GCSA. His father has no doubt that Woodland can handle all of his duties. "He plays about as hard as anybody and is the same when he goes to work. He's all-in," Kelly says. "He was a kid with a lot of energy. My mom thought we gave him Ritalin." Justin's grandmothers played major roles in his life. A child of divorce at 1, he lived with the Ran - dalls, including grandmother Colleen, who was The Woodland family has overseen The Barn Golf Club in Ogden, Utah, since 1987. Justin Woodland was an assistant superin - tendent there for 22 years. Since 2012, he has served as superintendent.

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