Golf Course Management

JAN 2019

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42 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.19 Agronomic Officers (TAO), an approximately 30-member group comprised of executive agronomic officers who are responsible for multiple golf course maintenance operations and motivated to promote the industry. He also helped form the CGCOA. Currently, Horton serves on the board of directors for Audubon International. Horton entered management positions by design. His goal: for superintendents to play more prominent roles in clubs' decisions. "I always felt the superintendent was the best- trained individual for a club. I wanted to see us (superintendents) do better," he says. "Why would we always want to work for someone else? Why aren't we getting a piece of the pie? Let's get some payback for what we do." Tom Tanto A Hungarian is living the American dream. As a 10-year-old in 1948, Tamas "Tom" Tanto knew life in his native homeland prom - Holy matrimony! If this isn't fate, what is? What were the odds that 2019 GCSAA Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Award recipients Ted Horton, CGCS, and Tom Tanto would also share a wedding date? Both of them were married June 26, 1965. "It's amazing. I'm sure lots of people celebrate that wedding day, but to be picked for the same award in the same year is un - usual," says Horton, adding a chuckle. "I guess it's a criteria for the award that we didn't know about." There was a chance that the Hor - tons would have had to postpone their wedding. His grandfather was ill leading up to the blessed day. "He certainly indicated it should go on, and it did," Horton says. The Tantos never wavered from June 26. "My wife (Susan) was going to Penn State for her master's degree, and I was going to school at Pittsburgh. We had the time, and we both agreed it was time," Tom says. A New York honeymoon for the Hortons was, well, interesting. "Ted lit a match to heat up an oven in a trailer we rented. The oven exploded, singed his eyebrows and the front of his hair," Nancy Horton says. On their wedding day, the Tantos enjoyed the perfect setting. "The church didn't have air conditioning, but it was about a 75-degree day, absolutely gor - geous," Susan Tanto says. When the Hortons and Tantos meet at the Golf Industry Show, they'll have plenty to discuss. Ted Horton was su - perintendent at Winged Foot Golf Club when he first met Tanto more than 40 years ago. "We were converting from manual to automatic irrigation, and Tom's company bid on it," Horton says. Tanto didn't land the job, but he says their lives turned out OK. "Both of us have been blessed in our fields and our marriages," Tanto says. — H.R. Top: Tom Tanto and his wife, Susan, at their home in Greensburg, Pa. "She's done everything," says Tom about Susan, who was president of the Pennsylvania Golf Course Owners Association, founder of the Keystone Premier Golf Association and served 27 years on USGA committees. Photo by Stacey Nedrow-Ross Bottom : Ted and Nancy Horton, who live in Canyon Lake, Calif., have immersed themselves in their com- munity. Ted has served as secretary of the Canyon Lake Men's Golf Club, while Nancy served as the town's mayor. Photo by MacKenzie Dore

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