Golf Course Management

JAN 2019

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

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82 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.19 AT THE TURN (career) Tony Lewis An accidental career Through the support of industry colleagues and specialized education from GCSAA, the author has grown and thrived as a golf course equipment manager. I was lucky enough to begin my career in the golf course management industry three days after graduating from high school. I was eager to enlist in the armed forces but waiting for a pivotal election in 2008. Jay Nalls, at Norbeck Country Club in Rockville, Md., offered me a summer job assisting the club's equipment manager, Brian Parker, around the shop. I had no formal mechanical experience, but Parker viewed this as an advantage, as he could teach me good habits from the beginning. With encouragement from Nalls, I moved on to a job as the equipment manager at Hamp - shire Greens Golf Course in Silver Springs, Md., under superintendent Teddy Blauvelt shortly after turning 20. is was an exciting time for me, allowing me to learn as I went, to network with the eight other equipment managers at courses operated by the Montgomery Country Revenue Authority (MCRA), and to be advised by Stanley Kapulka, who at that time served as the equipment program director and oversaw all nine courses. e new job gave me the op - portunity to have input on my yearly budget and was a leap, in my mind, to becoming a true manager — someone with the ability to make key decisions and to seek consultation from other equipment managers. Taking the next step My education in the business to that point had largely been of the on-the-job variety. For example, during this time at Hampshire Greens, I learned the importance of anticipa - tion and subsequent planning. You usually mow greens, fairways and perimeters on Monday, When completed, the (TETCP) program helps set a benchmark that shows that you are qualified to make the right diagnostic decisions and be efficient at your job. Tony Lewis says good timing, good mentors and guidance from GCSAA's Turf Equipment Technician Certifi - cation Program (TETCP) helped him advance in his career as an equipment manager. Photos by Jonathon Toto

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