Golf Course Management

MAY 2019

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80 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.19 Q: What is the most underrated piece of equipment or tool that you use? A: One's eyes. Amazing what you see when you actually look! Q: If you could give one piece of advice to somebody interested in becoming part of the industry, what is it? A: Have fun with it. All work and no play makes for a dull day. Q: What makes Illahe Hills CC special? A: Membership wants my family to act as if they have privileges that every member has. They care about us. Q: Name a famous person you would like to have dinner with and why. A: Bear Grylls. I love the outdoors and would enjoy hearing some of his off-clip stories. Q: What is your most prized possession? A: The vineyard my wife and I are starting. Q: Your most favorite move of all time is … ? A: "Life is Beautiful." A must-see! — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you Steven Beyer had no shortage of role models. The youngest of 12 children, Beyer refers to Fred, his brother who is 21 years older than him, as "Pops." The Beyers lived in a 3,100-square-foot farm home in Silverton, Ore., where Steven earned 25 cents per chore, including feeding calves and cleaning the barn. In time, he reached his goal of saving $56 to buy a Lego castle. Beyer developed a work ethic that translates to his position today as a golf course superintendent, which he became for the first time in October 2018, at Illahe Hills Country Club in Salem, Ore. "When I was an assis- tant superintendent, I learned a lot about people management. It helped growing up on a farm and learning how to work with others and how important it is to work together. You may not always get along, but in the end, it's, 'I'm one of you guys. We get this done together.' You constantly strive together for success and achievement," says Beyer, 35, a 16-year GCSAA member who, with his wife, Kari, has four children (Joseph, Hallie, Quinten and Malia). At Illahe Hills CC, Beyer took over when veteran Bill Swancutt retired. "He worked here for 38 years and left the golf course in tremen- dous shape," says Beyer, who, after earning his horticulture degree from Oregon State University in 2007, worked at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., home of the 2015 U.S. Open. "I don't have to reinvent the wheel — just polish it." Steven Beyer Was: Assistant superintendent, Waverley Country Club, Portland, Ore. Is: Superintendent, Illahe Hills Country Club, Salem, Ore. (climbing the ladder) ON COURSE May 2-5 — PGA Tour, Wells Fargo Championship, Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C.; Keith Wood, director of greens and grounds May 2-5 — LPGA, LPGA Mediheal Championship, Lake Merced Golf Club, Daly City, Calif.; Matt Dachowski, GCSAA Class A superintendent May 2-5 — Tour, Nashville Golf Open benefiting the Snedeker Foundation, Nashville Golf & Athletic Club, Alexander Price, GCSAA Class A superintendent May 2-5 — European Tour, Volvo China Open, Genzon Golf Club, Shenzen May 3-5 — PGA Tour Champions, Insperity Invitational, The Woodlands Country Club, The Woodlands, Texas; Chris Hartman, GCSAA Class A superintendent May 9-11 — Symetra Tour, IOA Invitational, Atlanta National Golf Club, Milton, Ga.; Steven Byers, superintendent May 9-12 — PGA Tour, AT&T Byron Nelson, Trinity Forest Golf Club, Dallas; Kasey Kauff, director of grounds May 9-12 — PGA Tour Champions, Regions Tradition, Greystone Golf & Country Club, Birmingham, Ala.; Jason Miller, director of golf course operations May 9-12 — Tour, KC Golf Classic, Blue Hills Country Club, Kansas City, Mo.; Woody Moriarty, GCSAA Class A superintendent May 9-12 — European Tour, Betfred British Masters, Hillside Golf Club, Southport, England May 15-17 — Symetra Tour, Symetra Classic, River Run Country Club, Davidson, N.C.; Ron Richie, superintendent May 16-19 — PGA of America, PGA Championship, Bethpage State Park- Black Course, Farmingdale, N.Y.; Andrew Wilson, director of agronomy; Michael Hadley, GCSAA Class A superintendent May 16-19 — Tour, Knoxville Open, Fox Den Country Club, Knoxville, Tenn.; Scott Severance, CGCS MEMBERS ONLY

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