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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42 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 4.19 member. "He's a fighter. He doesn't give up easily. He trudges through whatever is thrown at him." Always has. "He was growing ryegrass in Kansas when people told him he couldn't," Youngers says. When Kevin Fowler, Class A super - intendent at Cherry Oaks Golf Course in Cheney, Kan., and a 21-year GCSAA mem - ber, approaches Dipman, Fowler knows what's coming. "Every time I see him, it's a hug. Not a handshake. It's a hug. A big hug," Fowler says. Dipman is embraced as tightly as ever nowadays. He understands what he's up against. Christy insists that he isn't daunted by the challenge. Ask her how her husband handles it, and she says, "Like he does ev - erything … with a grain of salt. He's a silent warrior." Bring it on, Dipman replies. "I'm still fighting the fight," he says. "You learn not to sweat the small things. Enjoy what you do. And find joy in every day." Howard Richman ( is GCM 's associate editor. Dipman has helped the center to advance turf research by using his hefty industry connections to seek donations of equipment and products to support the center's cause. "He has never been formally trained as a teacher, but he has always taken on that role and has taught many naive students who later became excellent golf course superin - tendents," says Jack Fry, Ph.D., professor of turfgrass science at K-State's Olathe (Kan.) Horticulture Research and Extension Cen - ter and a 22-year GCSAA member. Dipman became the first inductee into the Kansas GCSA Hall of Fame in January. at seems just about right for the man who served as president of the chapter and the Kansas Turfgrass Foundation and is name - sake of the Cliff Dipman Internship Award that consists of two $2,000 scholarships earmarked for K-State students working at a course where the superintendent is an as - sociation member. Matt Miller, who was Dipman's assis - tant in the mid-'90s but never felt like an assistant, speaks frequently to Christy Dip - man for updates on the man who believed in him — and countless others. "Cliff said, 'e course is yours. e crew is yours. You tell me what you need.' at's more than I could ask for," says Miller, Class A super - intendent at Carey Park Golf Course in Hutchinson, Kan., and 24-year association Last Thanksgiving provided an opportunity for Dipman to spend precious time with his family. They are, from left: Nic Youngers, holding daughter Laila; Cortney Youngers, holding daughter Leah; Christy and Cliff Dipman; Kelsey Gabel, holding son Jame - son; and Mike Gabel, holding daughter Charlie. Photo courtesy of Christy Dipman

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