Golf Course Management

APR 2019

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62 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.19 and knew that wasn't a long-term plan. She was like, 'Well, how about working on the maintenance side?' I knew I liked being outside, I had mowed greens and changed cups growing up ... so that was the approach I took." Gilley found work at e Woodlands Country Club near Houston, his permanent home while traveling the professional golf circuit. He started there as a spray tech on the club's Palmer Course and worked his way up the ladder, first to a second assis - tant then a first assistant. Two years ago, he tackled his first head superintendent opportunity at Panorama (which at the time was called Village Golf Club). "Experience goes a long way, and I've learned so much in this business from the actual hands-on work, just being in the thick of it," Gilley says. "I've done a lot of education with our chapter, with the Golf Industry Show, but being on the ground and doing the work has been so important for me." Gilley didn't immediately give up on his professional golf dreams after taking the job at e Woodlands, not completely ready to make that transition permanent. But fate would soon step in to make that decision easy after he suffered a medical emergency while on the golf course, an episode initially diagnosed as vertigo. After further examinations, it was determined that Gilley had bleeding on the brain and had suffered a stroke. "I was playing by myself. I hit a shot into a green and never saw it land. Everything just started spinning, and I got really dizzy. It just dropped me to my knees," he says. "I was pretty healthy. I don't drink and I don't smoke. I don't do anything that was out of the ordinary, so it was really, really scary." e stroke affected Gilley's fine motor skills. ings as basic as shaving and brushing his teeth became chores; things as compli - cated as swinging a golf club were almost impossible. e desire to continue playing the game he loved, even if it was no longer at the professional level, drove him through his rehab from the stroke. "To this day, I don't have the greatest handwriting, and I have to be careful to not overdo it," Gilley says. "I'm constantly re - minded of what happened, but I'm so appreciative that I'm able to live a normal life. I know a lot of people who have gone through what I did and have had it much worse, so I feel very blessed." Slow and steady Gilley earned his way to San Diego for the GCSAA National Championship by winning the Lone Star GCSA's 2018 Texas Trophy competition. Considering the previous two winners of the GCSAA event — Matt Cowan from e Hills of Lakeway in e Hills, Texas, and Shawn Westacott from Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas — both hail from the Lone Star State, the win was significant and set Gilley's tournament quest off on the right foot. And playing in wet, windy and unseasonably cold tempera - tures that were the rule rather than the exception for most of tournament week, Gilley didn't waste any time surging into the first-round lead on the Champions Course at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, which hosted both rounds of the National Cham - pionship. Displaying a steadiness that would end up being the bedrock of his tournament win, Gilley fired a 1-under-par round of 71 on day one, a round that featured two birdies, one bogey and 15 pars. at was good enough to give him a two-shot lead over Michael Stieler, CGCS, from Spring Creek Golf and Coun - try Club in Ripon, Calif., a winner in 2012 and 2017, and Keith Stein from Rose Hall Development in Jamaica. GCSAA Golf Championships Classic I Gross: Kevin Frank, Michigan State University, East Lansing. Net: Kevin Kienast, CGCS, Aviara Golf Club, Carlsbad, Calif. Classic II Gross: Chris Owen, The Governors Club, Brentwood, Tenn. Net: Dennis Vogt, Glenmoor Country Club, Englewood, Colo. Classic III Gross: Matthew Hughes, Fallen Oak Golf Club, Saucier, Miss. Net: Cory R. Brown, Overlake Golf and Country Club, Medina, Wash. Classic IV Gross: Kevin Glover, CGCS, Owensboro (Ky.) Country Club. Net: Jonathan Heywood, Morris County Golf Club, Morristown, N.J. Classic Senior I Gross: Michael Basile, San Jose, Calif. Net: David Bermudez, Del Rio Country Club, Modesto, Calif. Classic Senior II Gross: Scott Miller, CGCS, Gleneagles Country Club, Plano, Texas. Net: Donald Cross, CGCS, Skokie Country Club, Glencoe, Ill. Classic Super Senior Gross: Alan Hess, CGCS, MG, Augusta Pines Golf Club, Spring, Texas. Net: Ronald Nolf, CGCS Retired, Vista, Calif. Classic Affiliate Gross: Mike Sorensen, PBI-Gordon Corp., Battle Ground, Wash. Net: Samuel Camuso, Syngenta, Davidsonville, Md. Four Ball I Gross: Glenn Matthews, CGCS, Visalia (Calif.) Country Club, and Michael Stieler, CGCS, Spring Creek Golf and Country Club, Ripon, Calif. Net: Cory R. Brown, Overlake Golf and Country Club, Medina, Wash., and Javier Avalos, Tustin Ranch Golf Club, Tustin, Calif. Four Ball II Gross: David Johnson, CGCS, Willow Creek Course at High Point (N.C.) Country Club, and Douglas Lowe, CGCS, Greensboro (N.C.) Country Club. Net: Michael Brunelle, CGCS, Upper Montclair Country Club, Clifton, N.J., and Thomas Weinert, Plant Food Co., Cranbury, N.J. Four Ball III Gross: Adam Snively, Valley Country Club, Aurora, Colo., and James Devaney, Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, N.J. Net: Corey Haney, Washington Golf and Country Club, Arlington, Va., and Michael King, Army Navy Country Club, Arlington, Va. Scramble Chris Hoyer, Bermuda Dunes (Calif.) Country Club; Barryn Lane, White Wing Golf Course, Georgetown, Texas; Reagan Olson, Cowan Creek Golf Club, Georgetown, Texas; and Gary Wilson, Sun City Texas Community Association, Lampas, Texas. Chapter Team Gross Lone Star GCSA No. 1: Steve Gilley, Panorama Golf Club, Conroe, Texas; Shawn Westacott, Maridoe Golf Club, Carrollton, Texas; Kyle Embry, Gentle Creek Country Club, Prosper, Texas; and Tanner Chrastecky, the Campus Course at Texas A&M, College Station. Chapter Team Net Rocky Mountain GCSA: Dennis Vogt, Glenmoor Country Club, Englewood, Colo.; David Brown, Lafayette, Colo.; Jason Aerni, Simplot Partners, Greeley, Colo.; and Neil Tretter, Sonnenalp Club, Edwards, Colo. Editor's note: Complete results from the 2019 GCSAA Golf Championships — from the Four-Ball Competition to individual flights and chapter team results — can be viewed online at National Championship Top 10 Place Name Score 1 Steve Gilley 71-75—146 T2 Michael Stieler, CGCS 73-77—150 T2 Seth Strickland 74-76—150 T4 Bryce Koch, CGCS 75-78—153 T4 Keith Stein 73-80—153 T6 James Beebe 77-77—154 T6 Shawn Westacott 77-77—154 T6 Tanner Chrastecky 80-74—154 T6 Anthony McFadyean 76-78—154 T6 Michael Goldsberry 76-78—154

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