Golf Course Management

JAN 2019

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90 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.19 mower! I have two older sisters who swear that he was the first person to ever manufacture a riding lawn mower. I have a picture of that I need to dig up. He built so many things. "In my spare time, I used to hang out in his shop. I was more of a pest, to be honest. Very curious, always wanting to tear something apart and see how it worked. Compared to a modern shop, dad's was so small. He made his own cut-off saw to saw metal. He didn't have an acetylene torch like I do today. "Not only did he build a lawn mower, he took old bicycle frames and built motor scoot - ers for us," Goettsch says. "He took the bicycle wheels off, then modified the frames, welded a plate on there to mount an engine, and new tires. I could draw you a detailed picture of those things; I'll never forget riding them around. You put your foot down, it tightened up a belt, and you just went down the road! My dad bought my mother a Honda Dream 150cc motorcycle back in 1965. ey knew it meant a lot to me, so they willed it to me when they died. My dad also had an Indian motor - cycle that he totally refurbished — one of his pride and joys. "You name it, he could build it. Every time I tell my sister that I've built something, she says, 'You are so much like your dad it is not even funny.'" Goettsch developed two different designs for wetting forks that are used to apply wetting agents to areas suffering from localized dry spot. The forks are especially effective in areas with deep thatch. Goettsch chalks it up to self-reliance, a quality his dad embodied and passed along to young Roger in the farmlands of western Iowa. "at's the through line for all this stuff, based on my upbringing, being self-sufficient," he says. "You know what they say — the DNA precedes you." Farm fresh Goettsch was born on a small farm in Hol- stein, Iowa, a burg of 500 souls of German descent where his parents grew corn, soybean, alfalfa, oats and clover. "e clover and alfalfa mainly served as feed for livestock," Goettsch explains. "We sold the other crops locally. We raised cattle, pigs and chickens routinely and had a couple horses on the farmstead." Goettsch, his two brothers and three sisters were involved in all the work. e girls de-tas - seled corn in the summer time. "We grew everything — all the garden vegetables; we had an orchard with peaches, cherries, plums and apples. Our freezer was always full of meat, and my mother was al - ways canning something. From the time I was a 5-year-old kid, I was also working on the farm. But my father's workshop was the most interesting part of that operation. He built everything for us: wagons, cattle chutes and a bail elevator. He also built a riding lawn

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