Golf Course Management

FEB 2019

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18 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.19 Landon White had prepared for this moment for quite some time. Even so, it came much sooner than ex- pected. The day he turned 27 on Sept. 6, 2018, White was named the golf course superintendent at Copper Rock Golf Course in Hurricane, Utah. It wasn't the way he wanted this to happen. It wasn't just any job he accepted. And White, who had been at the facility for only six weeks as an assistant, certainly didn't replace just any superintendent. Industry stalwart Riley Stottern, CGCS Retired, was overseeing the construction of Copper Rock when he died Aug. 30 at 75. Stottern was GCSAA president in 1986. "He was kicking butt until the day he died," White says. The day before Stottern died, the two men had a phone conversation that seems as if Stottern were pass - ing the torch to White. "It was a heartfelt conversation. His last few words to me were, 'The course is in good hands with you and Les (Hubbell, assistant superintendent).' He said he felt completely comfortable with us running the show," says White, a five-year GCSAA member who started there on July 31. White was on the course when he received the call about Stottern. "We lost our fearless leader. It was tough," White says. According to Hubbell, White is made for this opportunity. "We've made a lot of progress. We're going in the right direction," Hubbell says. "Landon has stepped right up and filled the spot. He's no-nonsense. He finds a problem, addresses it and comes up with a solution to resolve it." Stottern's wife, Barbara, didn't meet White until her husband's funeral. The encounter was memorable. "He was very kind to me. Very sweet," she says. Working his way up the ladder at two golf courses, the latter being Logan River Golf Course in Logan, Utah, White put his career on hold for two years starting in October 2010 to serve a mission in Mexico for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The experience was a boost for him personally and professionally. White became fluent in Spanish, which has become beneficial in this industry. "It (mission) shaped my per - sonality to be more accepting of others and forced me to work even when the going got tough. I learned to be His time is now Photo by Alisha Shaw

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