Golf Course Management

APR 2019

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36 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 4.19 the screen door shut. e knife slipped away from him and went into his left eye, which he ultimately lost. It was replaced by a glass eye. Dipman, mentored by superintendent Gary Panter at Park Hills Country Club in Pratt, earned his first superintendent job in 1972 at Lake Barton Golf Club in Great Bend, Kan. He stayed there until Manhat - tan CC called. Two amazing events happened in the 1980s in Manhattan. Often, the turn - around of K-State football is touted as "e Miracle in Manhattan." In a sense, two miracles happened there. Van Nostran was a key figure in both. He was chairman at Manhattan CC when Dipman was being considered. Later that decade, Van Nos - tran was on the 1988 selection committee that helped choose Bill Snyder to coach the floundering K-State football team. Snyder rebuilt the program into a con - ference champion that threatened for na- tional titles. It was quite a feat, considering there was speculation before Snyder came that the downtrodden program would be dropped from the then-Big Eight Confer - ence. ings weren't much better at Man- hattan CC before Dipman was hired. "I can't say there would have been the demise of the club, but there was a lot of grum - bling," Van Nostran says. Dipman fixed that. "He convinced me to the Cliff tree. I'm a branch," says Kevin Fateley, Class A superintendent at Wildcat Fitness & Fun in Manhattan and a 29-year GCSAA member. "I have people who have branched off of me, using Cliff's concepts." Cody Osborne is a thankful branch. "His reach goes farther than any superinten - dent I've ever known," says Osborne, a dis- tributor for BWI based in Edmond, Okla. "My senior year, I didn't have a job lined up, told him, 'My GPA isn't the best, but I want to be in the industry.' He said, 'I can get you wherever you want to go.' His word was better than anything I've ever known (Osborne landed a job shortly after school). He laid the foundation for my career, and I will be forever grateful." Like so many others who branched out under Dipman, Jason Reiswig oozes sadness seeing Dipman's current plight. "I hate it," says Reiswig, Class A superintendent at El Dorado, Kan., Parks and Recreation and 23-year association member. The making of legends ere might not be anybody tougher than Dipman. He proved that when he was 3. at's how old Dipman was when he found a knife outside on a windy day in his hometown of Pratt, Kan. He was bringing it inside to show his mother when a gust blew Dipman, third from the left at a Kansas State University scholarship and research tournament, has served as a research assistant at Rocky Ford Turfgrass Research Center in Manhattan, Kan. His networking abilities and knowledge have buoyed the center in recent years. Photo courtesy of Jared Hoyle, Ph.D.

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