Golf Course Management

APR 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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40 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 4.19 leaks. He's stayed in touch with all of us. He's like a surrogate parent." GCSAA Class A superintendent Paul Jonas recalls having popped the clutch once when he was behind the wheel of a dump truck while trying to build a tee. "He'd told me not to pop the clutch, but I was an intern doing intern things. It was a disaster waiting to happen, and he just shook his head at me," says Jonas, a 32-year GCSAA member who was a K-State stu - dent working for Dipman before his cur- rent post overseeing Flint Hills National Golf Club in Andover, Kan. "He has a wealth of knowledge, and we were very green, young bucks, trying to capture as much knowledge as we could from him. For him to be in Manhattan at that time was a blessing for all of us." Trampis Nickel, Class A superintendent at Wamego (Kan.) Country Club and 20- year GCSAA member, recalls how Dipman dragged hoses when he was 60-plus years old and worked weekend shifts. "He's a great mentor, but he also had the best grass. Best conditions in the state," Nickel says. Dipman sure has a knack for being thoughtful and caring. Kurt Erb, Dip - man's assistant on two different occasions, mentioned a time he and Dipman were driving in Manhattan and saw a stranded motorist. "e lady's car stopped, hood up, so we stopped. Both of us have some mechanical ability. We got her back on the road," says Erb, a manager for SiteOne Landscape Supply. e club used to provide lunch for the crew. Until times got tough, that is. Dip - man intervened. "He took money out of his own pocket and bought us sandwiches and chips," says six-year GCSAA member Nic Youngers, Dipman's son-in-law and Class A superintendent at Rolling Meadows Golf Course in Milford, Kan. "ere were times he declined a raise so we (crew) could get raises. Great grass grower, but even better taking care of us." Fateley served on Dipman's first crew 38 years ago. In December that year, Dipman showed up at Fateley's home with his hands full. "He came by with a 5-pound ham that had a hat on it. He wanted to know if I wanted to be promoted to assistant super - intendent," says Fateley, who was a K-State student at the time (he accepted). "Cliff cre - ated a good work environment. It was about doing things right and having fun doing it." Obviously. "When a new crew member came aboard, he (Dipman) would be wait - ing at the office door, while someone would be on the roof with a bucket of water to ini - tiate that person," Jonas says. Still fighting Dipman has departed Manhattan CC, but he isn't done. As a research assistant at Rocky Ford Turfgrass Research Center in Manhattan, Even a football legend recognized Dipman's efforts at Manhattan CC. Former Kansas State University Hall of Fame football coach Bill Snyder knew Dipman and praised his work. "His care of the greens and fairways at the club was exceptional," Snyder said. Photo courtesy of Jared Hoyle, Ph.D.

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