Golf Course Management

NOV 2018

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42 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 11.18 and him, even though he felt like throwing up," NiKell says. "at's the way he is. He thinks about what others want and need. On his birthday and Christmas, I have just given up. He never tells us what he wants. He just says he wants world peace." Rob Despain, vice president of business develop - ment at Petersen Inc., has known the Woodlands for decades. He is impressed by Justin's desire to be a student of the game and a superb superintendent and is convinced Woodland has concocted the best divot mulch anywhere. "We all could tear a page out of their (the Woodlands') book on how to do more with less," Despain says. "When Justin gets committed to something, he's a doer." Laurie Seamons and her family are well aware of Woodland's kind and compassionate side. On April 24, 2010, Mitchell passed away. He was 22. "For Justin to have come through … I'm going to cry," says Laurie, pausing. "When Mitchell died, Justin immediately responded. We haven't spoken to Jus - tin in years, but I was just thinking about him the other day." Woodland is hard to forget, but what he wants most is for others to be able to share memorable mo - ments for as long as they possibly can. "I don't want these donations to be about me. But if we can help out some people and bring awareness to it … why can't we all help out?" Woodland says. "We can't save the world. But we can help a family. But it's tough to know you can't save the world." Howard Richman (hrichman@gcsaa.org) is GCM 's associate editor. During an event in Utah, Justin Woodland, left, spent some time with former Merion (Pa.) Golf Club super - intendent Matt Shaffer; Eric Gifford, superintendent at Riverside Country Club in Provo, Utah; and GCSAA Class A superintendent Mark Hoban from Rivermont Golf Club in Johns Creek, Ga. Photo courtesy of Eric Gifford and care for other people. He tries so hard to please everybody. He spreads himself too thin, sometimes to his own detriment. But if I need anything, Justin is the one I call." NiKell, one of his three daughters, feels the same way. "He's always been someone I could turn to," says NiKell, a 16-year-old high school junior who has been in remission for seven years. Her father made life more comfortable after she was diagnosed with leukemia, including participating in the Make- A-Wish program, which grants wishes for children with critical illnesses. "Make-A-Wish changed my life, because I saw what it did for people and their families, allowing the siblings for a solid week to not have to worry and have some fun," says Woodland, who launched his own Make-A-Wish tournament that raised $75,000 for charity. He borrowed the blueprint of Denis Pe - tersen Memorial Golf Day, which is organized by Pe- tersen Inc., an Ogden-based company that provides fabrication, manufacturing and machinist services. Petersen Inc. uses e Barn GC for its annual event that has raised almost $400,000 for local charities and people in need, including NiKell, after she was diagnosed. Nikell's wish at age 5 was to visit Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, which she got to enjoy with her dad, who managed to overcome a queasy feeling during the ride in the giant pastel tea cups that spin around and around. "e Mad Tea Party ride was my favorite. No one went on it except me Mitchell Seamons, who passed away in 2010, was the first recipient of a scholarship that Justin Woodland launched at Weber State University for those with life-threatening and terminal illnesses. Photo courtesy of Laurie Seamons

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