Golf Course Management

MAR 2014

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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106 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.14 Q: How did your time as an assistant prepare you for this? A: I learned how to manage daily work schedules, employees and equipment and how to budget time and resources. But more personally, I learned what kind of superintendent I wanted to be in regard to how I wanted to manage course conditions and employees. Q: What is best about being owners? A: We have a vision for our golf course and how we want to improve it. We decide what the priorities are and how to budget for them. It's nice knowing that the decisions end with us. Q: What is your philosophy as a superintendent? A: Do things the right way when no one is watching. Take pride in your work. If it is worth your time, then it is worth your effort. Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you Justen Reitzel went shopping. This, however, was no ordinary purchase, not just a brief stop at the convenience store for a pack of gum. In March 2013, Reitzel and his wife, Kristy, bought DeMor Hills Golf Course in Morenci, Mich., located near the Michigan-Ohio border. "Kristy got tired of riding around in the golf car with me, so she learned the game and took a genuine interest in it," says Reitzel, a 16-year GCSAA member. "My career goal was to be a superintendent, but the last few years we started thinking about buying a mom-and-pop type of course. I would manage the course and Kristy would run the clubhouse. We told each other if we're going to do it, let's do it while we're young and go at this thing." Justen Reitzel Was: Assistant superintendent Bowling Green (Ohio) Country Club Is: Superintendent/owner DeMor Hills Golf Course, Morenci, Mich. (Climbing the ladder) ON COURSE March 6-9 — PGA Tour, World Golf Championship-Cadillac Championship, Trump National Doral, Miami, Fla., Don Thornburgh Jr., superintendent. March 6-9 — PGA Tour, Puerto Rico Open presented by, Trump International Golf Club, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. March 6-9 — Tour, Chile Classic, Prince of Wales CC, Santiago, Chile. March 13-16 — PGA Tour, Valspar Championship, Innisbrook Resort- Copperhead Course, Palm Harbor, Fla., Ryan Stewart, superintendent. March 13-16 — Tour, Brasil Championship presented by HSBC, Sao Paulo, Brazil. March 13-16 — European Tour, Trophee Hassan II, Golf du Palais Royal, Agadir, Morocco. March 14-16 — Champions Tour, Toshiba Classic, Newport Beach CC, Newport Beach, Calif., Ronald Benedict, superintendent. March 20-23 — PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Fla., Matt Beaver, GCSAA Class A superintendent. March 20-23 — LPGA, LPGA Founders Cup, Wildfre Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Ariz., Todd Norton, director of grounds. March 20-23 — Tour, Panama Claro Championship, Panama Golf Club, Panama City, Panama. March 21-23 — Champions Tour, Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, Fallen Oak, Biloxi, Miss., Matthew Hughes, GCSAA Class A superintendent and director of grounds. March 22-24 — Symetra Tour, Florida's Natural Charity Classic, Lake Region Yacht & CC, Winter Haven, Fla., Juan Perez, superintendent. MEMBERS ONLY 104-115_March14_Departments.indd 106 2/18/14 1:48 PM

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