Golf Course Management

DEC 2018

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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86 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 12.18 Q: What is your favorite task in your job and why? A: My favorite thing about my job is going around throughout the day and checking on the crew. I like being able to see different situations on the course and not being bottled into one or two tasks per day. I also like that I get to deal with different personalities and backgrounds and learn from the different ideas that they come up with. Q: If life gave you a mulligan, how would you use it? A: I would make my decision to get in this business earlier. I didn't decide to make this a career until I was 24, so that put me in a hole behind those who went to college and were assistants at 22 years old. I didn't intern until I was 25, so it put me in a situation to learn quickly and constantly play catch-up. Q: Who has been the most influential person in your life and why? A: My parents (Fred and Julia) for obvious reasons, but to pick only one person in my career it would be a guy named Ben Anderson, superintendent at Arrowhead Country Club in Montgomery, Ala. He saw that I could be good at this profession when I worked with him at Grand National and pushed me to make it a career. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you Years before working at a famous Georgia golf course, Andy Boughner loved high school shop class. "Three or four of us made a propane grill for our shop teacher," says Boughner, who began to build a résumé in golf when he went to Auburn University. In his spare time, he worked on golf course maintenance crews to earn money and graduated in business administration. After selling insurance for a month, he decided that type of lifestyle wasn't for him, so he served on the crew at RTJ Golf Trail- Grand National in Opelika, Ala., and secured an online turfgrass management degree from Penn State University. The effort was thoroughly rewarding: It led to a 10-month internship at Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters. His time there comes in handy at The Alotian Club, which is ranked No. 27 in the Golf Digest America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses 2017-18. "You learn how a high-end opera- tion works, the amount of work it takes," says Boughner, 29, and a three-year GCSAA member, who is pictured with his dog, Moose. "It was eye-opening." Andy Boughner Was: Student, Penn State University Is: Assistant superintendent, The Alotian Club, Roland, Ark. (climbing the ladder) ON COURSE Dec. 6-9 — Tour, Tour Qualifying Tournament, Whirlwind Golf Club, Chandler, Ariz.; Jonathan Williams, director of agronomy Dec. 7-9 — PGA Tour, QBE Shootout, Tiburon Golf Club, Naples, Fla.; Jeff Cathey, GCSAA Class A superintendent Dec. 14-16 — PGA Tour Champions, PNC Father-Son Challenge, Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.; Andy Ragsdale, director of grounds COMING UP Dec. 3-4 — Virginia GCSA Confer- ence, UVA Darden Inn, Charlottesville Phone: 804-708-9760 Website: Dec. 4-6 — Kansas Turfgrass Conference, Topeka Phone: 785-532-6173 Website: Dec. 4-6 — Green Expo, The Borgata Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, N.J. Website: Dec. 5 — GCSAA Webinar: Calling All Recruiters! An Equipment Manager's Guide to Recruiting and Mentoring the Next Generation, with Chris Rapp Time: 2 p.m. CST Contact: GCSAA Education Phone: 800-472-7878 Website: my-learning-hub Dec. 6 — GCSAA Webinar: ABC's of Irrigation System Design, ASCS Prep Series, with Ashley Wilkinson Time: 2 p.m. CST Contact: GCSAA Education Phone: 800-472-7878 Website: my-learning-hub Dec. 10 — 27th Annual Duff Shaw Classic, North Ranch Country Club, Westlake Village, Calif. Website: MEMBERS ONLY

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