Golf Course Management

JAN 2014

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For Director John Walker John Walker has served as the director of golf course maintenance at Bentwater Yacht and Country Club in Montgomery, Texas, for the past year. Previously, he served as superintendent at Blackhorse Golf Club in Cypress, Texas; Shadow Hawk Country Club and Houstonian Country Club in Richmond, Texas; Inwood Forest Golf and Country Club in Houston; and Weston Lakes Country Club in Fulshear, Texas. Walker has a bachelor's degree in agronomy from Texas A&M University. A 27-year member of GCSAA, Walker is a current member of GCSAA's Tournament and Conference Committee and previously served on the Chapter Relations, Scholarship and Tournament committees, in addition to the Conference and Show Resource Group. Walker is a member and former president of the South Texas GCSA and is also a member and current past president of the Lone Star GCSA. He is also a member of the Texas Turfgrass Association. Statement Candidates How many people have you ever known that knew what they wanted to be when they grew up? I can remember wanting to be a football player or a stuntman or maybe even tell jokes for a living one day. When I was in high school, I never even thought about going to college, much less what I would study if I did continue my education. Fortunately for me, I did decide to go to college. I tried several different majors until I stumbled into the agronomy department. While looking for summer work, my adviser suggested that I intern at a new golf course being built in my hometown. I thought to myself, "I went to school so I didn't have to mow the grass anymore and this guy wants me to try it as a career?" Needless to say, I was hooked immediately into this profession and, 27 years later, I still thoroughly enjoy going to work. The passion I have for this industry was tested this year. After 15 years with the same company, our golf courses were sold, and I was out of a job. For the frst time in my career I had to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. I had a few choices in the industry, but not as a superintendent. The idea of not going to a golf course every morning did not make sense to me. The idea of not interacting with my friends in the industry was not appealing. After several weeks of deliberation, the light bulb came on. I determined that I had grown up and I am a golf course superintendent. I was re-employed as such in a matter of weeks. A big part of my career has been my involvement with GCSAA. I have been active at all levels of our association, and I have been fortunate to serve as president of the South Texas GCSA and am currently past president of the Lone Star GCSA. These leadership roles have helped me to become a better manager of people and my time. Serving on national committees has also helped me understand what our members need from our association. Through my years of service, I have also learned what our association needs from us as members. My passion for this profession has not waned over the years, and I have a strong desire to remain engaged with our association leadership. For these reasons, I would appreciate your support as a candidate for the 2014 GCSAA Board of Directors. The 2014 GCSAA annual meeting and election is set for 2:30-4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, in Orlando. Individual voters, proxy holders and delegates for GCSAA-affliated chapters will vote on the slate of candidates running for spots on the association's national board of directors. Voter check-in will be available from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 3 and 4, and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5. For more information, visit www.gcsaa.org/Community/AnnualMeeting/2014/2014-Annual-Meeting-Preview.aspx. 128 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.14

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