Golf Course Management

MAR 2019

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94 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.19 Keith L. Douglass, formerly (B) at Desert Mountain Club-Cochise & Geronimo Courses, is now (B) at Pueblo del Sol Country Club in Sierra Vista. Chad A. Parron, formerly (B) at Sandia Golf Club, is now (B) at Wigwam Golf Resort in Litchfield Park. ARKANSAS Anthony Dunnavant, formerly (C) at Isabella Golf Course, is now (C) at Magellan Golf Course in Hot Springs Village. CALIFORNIA Jose Aguilar, formerly (B) at Copper Basin Golf Club, is now (B) at Copper River Country Club in Fresno. David R. Davies, CGCS, formerly (A) at TPC Stonebrae, is now (A) at Oakhurst Country Club in Clayton. Dan R. Gwyn, CGCS, formerly (A) at ClubCorp, is now (A) at Concert Golf Partners in Newport Coast. Kelly G. Halsey, formerly (B) at Tecolote Canyon Golf Course, is now (B) at Mt. Woodson Country Club in Ramona. Kevin G. Hauschel, formerly (C) at Meadow Club, is now (B) at Meadow Club in Fairfax. William J. Heaslip, formerly (A) at Nutrien Solutions, is now (A) at Target Specialty Products in Santa Fe Springs. Matthew A. Marsh, formerly (A) at Santa Ana Country Club, is now (A) at El Niguel Country Club in Laguna Niguel. Rodney Muller, formerly (A) at Rancho Murieta Country Club, is now (A) at Sierra Pacific Turf Supply in Campbell. Shane Roth, formerly (A) at Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club, is now (A) at Southwest Growers and Landscaping in Huntington Beach. Juvenal Jesse Trejo, formerly (A) at The Links at Riverlakes Ranch, is now (A) at Hemet West Mobile Estates in Hemet. Douglas D. Wilkinson, formerly (B) at California Country Club, is now (B) at BrightView Golf Maintenance in Calabasas. COLORADO Kevin Abila, formerly (C) at The Club at Crested Butte, is now (B) at The Club at Crested Butte in Crested Butte. Alex J. Craigie, formerly (C) at Baker Hill Golf Club, is now (C) at Lakewood Country Club in Lakewood. (in the field) MEMBERS ONLY Northwest David Phipps In December, the Facebook show by Mike Rowe, "Returning the Favor," aired a piece on an 89-year-old golfer in Chehalis, Wash., who built a golf course with his brother and opened it up to his entire community for free. I shared it on my Twitter feed, and it soon became evident that this story had touched a lot of members across our country. I knew that I soon had to make a quick 108-mile trip to the Gate Ranch Golf Course to meet this man in person. What I found was the exact person whom Mike Rowe had so wonderfully introduced on his show. I spent nearly two hours with Bill Dunson, his sister and his nephew in his living room learning all about his late brother Jim and the passion that they shared when they built this little nine-hole, par-3 golf course. What began as a way to appease their golfing habit soon grew into a community project where they could mentor young kids and help set their paths straight through the game of golf. Bill Dunson's favorite holiday is the Fourth of July, so he started a small tournament, which soon grew to an annual bash for the entire community. It's an all-American event, complete with hot dogs and apple pie (to which I am now officially invited). The saying "what comes around, goes around" couldn't ring truer. Bill Dunson believes strongly that good deeds will be rewarded, and what he received back from the community is tenfold in his eyes. I could tell that the time he spends with the kids means everything to him. In his garage, which he affectionately calls his pro shop, he keeps loads of golf clubs, which are free for anyone to use. When he saw that the young kids were using clubs much too large, he purchased a few sets of junior clubs and may have even had a few 5-irons cut down to fit. However, most of these clubs have managed to disappear. He didn't really seem too offended by their abil - ity to grow legs and walk away; after all, he just supposed that they were being appropriated for good use. As things would happen, Bill Dunson slipped and fell after the show aired, resulting in a break in his left arm just below his shoulder. If you played the video, you would have seen that a local company donated $15,000 in labor to help him manage his course. The timing of the donation could not have been better. Just to show what kind of impact Bill Dunson's story had across our industry, I received a message from Ryan Kraushofer say - ing that the Mid-Atlantic Association of Golf Course Superintendents board of directors approved a $500 donation to the Gate Ranch Golf Course. I can honestly say that 100 percent of their donation will be put to good use. The Western Washington group is considering what it wants to do, as well. Perhaps I can talk them into donating a few sets of junior clubs! I must say, this had to have been one of my most memorable site visits as a GCSAA field staff representative. I felt blessed to see how a family, built on love, who emigrated from Texas during the Dust Bowl, persevered in life, and then built a little golf course that they could share with their local community. If I can say one thing, the producers of Mike Rowe's "Returning the Favor" hit the nail on the head when they told the story of the Dunson family. For the latest from all of GCSAA's field staff representatives, go to www.gcsaa.org/resources/ regional-resources. Impressed by the story of Bill Dunson (top photo) and his free-to-play Gate Ranch Golf Course in Rochester, Wash., the Mid-Atlantic Association of Golf Course Superinten - dents donated $500 to the course. MAAGCS representatives (from left in bottom photo) Joe Haskins, director; Ryan Kraushofer, president; and Chris Fernandes, vice president/treasurer; presented the check to GCSAA Northwest field staff representative David Phipps at last month's Golf Industry Show in San Diego. Photos by David Phipps

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