Golf Course Management

NOV 2018

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38 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 11.18 Top: The Barn Golf Club is a family affair. From left, Shon and Kelly Woodland, co-owners; GCSAA superintendent Justin Woodland; and Kory Woodland, PGA Club Professional. Bottom: Justin Woodland with his three daughters, from left, Kelssi Bingham, NiKell Wood - land and Bayleigh Woodland. Photo courtesy of Justin Woodland surgery in January when he was 4 days old. Gif- ford's mechanic at Riverside CC, Hector Velazquez, launched an online GoFundMe page to help the Gif - fords with their hospital bills. Woodland, 46, who had experienced a traumatic event 13 years earlier when NiKell was diagnosed with leukemia, couldn't stand by and watch. As the chapter event was nearing its end, Woodland pre - sented Gifford with a check for $5,000 to help the cause. "He did it in front of everybody. I was just shocked, because that's a lot of money," Gifford says. Airgronomics is the vehicle Woodland uses to as - sist in granting his wishes. Once his business began to increase, he decided to use what he earns from those jobs to help industry kin, such as Gifford. So, in August, he took pay he received for an Airgro - nomics job at a Utah course to secure the check he would deliver to Gifford. "I thought we could help a brother out," Woodland says. "I'm a super helping supers. ey know I'm one of them. My whole con - cept is to put my money where my mouth is." Gifford and Woodland were acquaintances, but not necessarily close friends. ey met two years ear - lier, and Gifford recalls Woodland inquiring about his golf course. "To be honest, and it's probably more telling of me, I thought he was trying to get inside se - crets on how to take care of his golf course. e more I learned about him, what drives him … he's got a huge heart. He's a bit rough around the edges, and what makes him special is that he really doesn't care what anybody thinks about him. He's going to get involved. at's just his personality," Gifford says. ere is no disputing that, Woodland says. "I'm

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