Golf Course Management

DEC 2018

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46 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 12.18 and fairways. "She's a member of the Pow- ell family," Larry says. Assistant superinten- dent Michael Duffie, who just concluded his 10th summer on Larry's staff, feels fortunate to be part of something special. "I consider it a real honor to work at a course that is famous all over the world," Duffie says. "I told Renee she's lucky. Her parents' breath is still in this building. I don't have any place like that." Renee says Larry has breathed life into Clearview. "No way my dad would've been able to keep this golf course without Larry," she says. Larry, though, shares the credit. He mentioned Renee, who mowed greens, even at times between events when she was play - ing on the LPGA, and who excels at teach- ing golf to an array of people, from chil- dren to seniors and those with mental and physical handicaps. "is isn't just Larry," he says. "It's Renee. Teresa. Mom. Brother. Dad. And many others. It's like a chain. If any of these links were not present, Clear - view would not be here today." A haven for all Golfer Judy Sallerson served her coun- try in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Nowadays, you often see her at Clearview, thanks in no small part to Renee Powell. "I was at Walter Reed (National Military Medical Center) two years, came back to Ohio, never left my house," Sallerson says. She was enticed to depart the comfort and safety of her home after hearing about what was occurring at Clearview. Renee Powell had initiated Clearview H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere). e free program is designed for female veterans to receive les - sons and play golf. "When I came here and met people like me who had similar experi - ences, I came out and never left," Sallerson says. Sallerson is among those who've gained a mentor and leader in Renee, who was the second African-American (Althea Gib - son was first) to play on the LPGA. In September, Renee was recognized by the University of St. Andrews in Scotland for inspiration in diversity in golf and the ad - vancement of women's social causes. In fact, the university dedicated Renee Pow - ell Hall — the first residence hall named for an American. She also was among the first handful of women to be granted mem - bership in the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, which ended 260 years of male exclusivity. "We were like sisters," says Sandra Post, "This isn't just Larry. It's Renee. Teresa. Mom. Brother. Dad. And many others. It's like a chain. If any of these links were not present, Clearview would not be here today." — Larry Powell A young Larry Powell grew up at Clearview GC. When he was 21, Powell was still working at the U.S. Postal Service from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., then would oversee the golf course as superintendent afterward. Photo courtesy of the Powell family

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