Golf Course Management

SEP 2013

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Top: Leonel Barragan works deep into the night at San Bernardino GC. Photo by Paul Lester Bottom: Oliver Luck, former NFL quarterback and father of Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck, was a night waterman. Photo courtesy of West Virginia University. 46 GCM September 2013 Night shift His last name appears on replica jerseys, across America, because his son is that famous and that good. Meet Oliver Luck, who wasn't too bad on the gridiron either. Way before he played quarterback for the Houston Oilers — and years before his son Andrew Luck was the No. 1 draft choice in 2012 by the Indianapolis Colts — Oliver Luck made quite a name for himself at Mayfeld Country Club (now called The Mayfeld Sand Ridge Club) in South Euclid, Ohio. How did he do that? He was a night waterman. Apparently, he was a very good one, too. "Our green chairman said he had a young man he wanted me to hire," says Charlie Tadge, CGCS Retired, who oversaw Mayfeld. "It was Oliver Luck. He was very good. I didn't have to worry about him. He did everything well." Luck, currently director of intercollegiate athletics at West Virginia University, recalls riding his bicycle three miles to Mayfeld in 1974 to work at the club. Luck was a caddy before graduating to Tadge's crew. "I was probably one of the younger guys, but Charlie entrusted me to mow the greens," Luck says. "I loved being outdoors; it was a great way to stay in shape. I remember the Cushman cart, driving it around in pitch darkness, pumping out sand traps after storms. I felt as if I could drive blind in that Cushman, probably because I walked that course as a caddy hundreds of times." You could hear it in Luck's voice that he fondly remembers those late nights at Mayfeld. There are so many others like him, memories that are sprinkled throughout this story. I think about riding around the course in a fourwheel drive Jeep. One night I wasn't there, and the mechanic and another guy drove off course, across the road, through a barbed wire fence that fenced in some horses. Soon we had fve horses loose on the golf course, running across the greens. Horse hoofs and greens don't make for a very good combination. — Jon Francis, former superintendent at the Country Club of Blue Springs in Blue Springs, Mo. The 1949 Chevrolet convertible served Cliff Dipman well. It was 1963 in the heartland of America and Dipman spent nearly 16 hours a day at Park Hills Country Club in Pratt, Kan., part of that time earmarked for night watering. "The Chevy was white, had a threespeed on the column," says Dipman, a 37year GCSAA member who went on to be the superintendent at Manhattan Country Club in Manhattan, Kan., until retiring in 2012. "There was a road on the perimeter

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