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MEMBERS ONLY (Climbing the ladder) ON COURSE Jan. 3-6 — PGA Tour, Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Plantation Course at Kapalua, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii, Orlando Baraoidan, superintendent. Jan. 9-12 — PGA Tour, Sony Open in Matt Dutkiewicz Ingersoll Golf Course, Rockford, Ill. Hawaii, Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Dave Nakama, GCSAA Class A superintendent. Jan. 16-19 — PGA Tour, Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, PGA West (Palmer), La Quinta, Calif., Jon D. Maddern, CGCS. Jan. 23-26 — PGA Tour, Farmers Insurance Open, Torrey Pines (South), La Jolla, Calif., Candice Combs, CGCS. Getting to know you If there is such a thing as "dream job," Dutkiewicz nailed it. He grew up playing at Ingersoll Golf Course, later was an assistant golf course superintendent there for 13 years, and was promoted to superintendent in late November. "In reality, it's something you wait for your entire career," says Dutkiewicz, a 13-year GCSAA member. "It's an honor, an accomplishment. Dream achieved." Jan. 30-Feb. 2 — PGA Tour, Waste Management Phoenix Open, TPC Scottsdale, Jeff Plotts, GCSAA Class A director of golf course operations. Q: How did you become interested in this profession? A: I was in the Boy Scouts, going for my Eagle badge. You have to do a project to earn it. The golf COMING UP Q: Tell us about one of your mentors. A: Rich Hardman, who is at Elliot Golf Course in Rockford. He's a great guy to go to. If I'm frustrated, Jan. 6 — First Annual G.C. Horn Memorial Turfgrass Education Seminar, Gulf Coast Church of Christ, Fort Myers, Fla. Phone: 239-513-8016 Website: www.evergladesgcsa.com Q: Was becoming a superintendent always your frst choice? A: I thought I was going into law enforcement — until I got a summer job here after getting my Eagle Jan. 7 — Golf Course Management course here didn't have yardage markers, so that was my project. I got help from surveyors and about 10 other Scouts. We made the markers out of aluminum. I'm proud to say they're still there. he's always there for me. You learn from him in a way that you eventually can go out on your own and fnd out what it is you have to get done. badge. When I saw what the crew actually did here I thought, "You can get paid for this?" I really liked cutting cups. If there was a hole-in-one, you kind of felt you were partly responsible for it. Q: What was your most memorable task on the course? A: We hosted a Tiger Woods Foundation junior event several years ago, which took a month of prep work. Long days, thankless work. It was unbelievable, though, when I saw the kids light up when Tiger came. That made it all worth it. Q: What is your dream foursome for a round of golf? A: Bill Murray. Curly Howard (from the Three Stooges). Jase Robertson ("Duck Dynasty"). What can I say? I like laughing and having fun on the golf course. Howard Richman, GCM associate editor 172 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.14 Jan. 6 — 78th Purdue Pest Management Conference, West Lafayette, Ind. Phone: 765-494-5856 Website: www.extension.entm.purdue.edu Training, UGA Griffn Campus Student Learning Center, Griffn, Ga. Phone: 706-376-3585 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.ggcsa.com Jan. 8-10 — Indiana Green Expo, Indianapolis Phone: 765-494-8039 Email: email@example.com Website: www.agry.purdue.edu Jan. 9 — GCSAA Webcast: Predictive Modeling for Turfgrass Performance and Health, Carmen Magro, CGCS Contact: GCSAA Education Phone: 800-472-7878 Website: www.gcsaa.org/education/ webcasts.aspx