Golf Course Management

NOV 2018

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40 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 11.18 nonconforming," he says. "People will say about me, 'Did he really just say that?' But they know I'm going to be real and tell them exactly what I think." Woodland's wife, Dana, helped her husband in Gifford's case. Besides working part time at the golf course, Dana has a job with a health care insurance company and assisted the Giffords with their hos - pital bills to ensure they weren't paying more out of pocket than necessary. When Justin originally told Dana he wanted to give Gifford money, she agreed. "I told him to go for it. He doesn't do it for anything. As long as everybody is happy, he's happy. He's a great, caring guy. Never a dull moment with him," she says. Gifford also received assistance through the GCSAA Benevolence Fund, which allows members and their families who are experiencing hardship to make a request for financial aid. Luka Gifford, by the way, is doing fine. "You know, he (Woodland) could've just said, 'Here's 50 bucks. Good luck.' Inside he's an angel, one of the most selfless people I know," Gifford says. Wishful thinking Wanda Maero lived in North Carolina, a sig- nificant distance from Woodland, her grandson, but that never stopped him from checking in on her. "When I got cancer, he made a point to come to Charlotte to take me to some of my treatments," says Maero, who now lives in Utah. "He said, 'Let's plant some bulbs so you'll have something to look forward to in the spring.' It was something to give me hope. I'd credit a lot of the way he is to his other grand - mother. I think he was taught to be a kind person Top: The Barn Golf Club, located two miles east of Interstate 15 in Ogden, Utah, is an 18- hole, privately owned and family-operated golf course in the foothills of scenic Ben Lomand peak. Photo courtesy of Kory Woodland Bottom: Airgronomics, a company that Justin Woodland owns, uses the Air2G2 machine to relieve compaction of the soil of golf courses and athletic fields. Some of the funds he earns from those jobs are used to benefit industry members in need. Photo by Freddie Lacey

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