Golf Course Management

MAY 2014

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102 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.14 Q: Who has given you great advice? A: My grandfather (Don Leach). He told me you're going to have to choose to be a leader or a fol- lower. If you're a follower, be a good soldier. If you're a leader, lead with integrity. Those are words I've really held onto. Q: When you became interim superintendent last year, you encountered a major issue. How did that work out? A: We lost 60-70 percent of the turf on the greens. In a two-week period, we stripped them, turned them over and resurfaced them. Now we are right on track. They are 98 or 99 percent covered right now (as of mid-March). Q: When you offcially became superintendent in February, what did it mean to you? A: This is a destination job for me. I have a sense of fulfllment. I am where I want to be. Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you Greg Leach helped save the greens at Lubbock CC. It also is the same place where he may have saved a life. In December 2010, Leach raced to the aid of a woman whose automobile plunged into a lake at No. 15. The woman apparently had been there a while when Leach was notifed by one of the crew. "We had gotten down to about 25 degrees the night before and there still was ice on the edge of the pond," Leach says. "At the time, we didn't know there was somebody in the car." Once Leach realized there was, he kicked off his shoes, waded chest-deep into the lake, and encountered water up to the windows. Leach says he "heard her moans" before he unbuckled her seat belt and dragged her to the lake bank. The woman recovered. So did two fairways. "Tow trucks had come in," Leach says, "and we had six sets of ruts we had to fx." Greg Leach Was: Assistant superintendent Lubbock (Texas) Country Club Is: Superintendent Lubbock CC (Climbing the ladder) ON COURSE May 1-4 — PGA Tour, Wells Fargo Championship, Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C., Chris Deariso, GCSAA Class A superintendent. May 1-4 — Tour, South Georgia Classic presented by First State Bank and Trust Co., Kinderlou Forest Golf Club, Valdosta, Ga., Heath Allen Jr., GCSAA Class A superintendent. May 1-4 — LPGA, North Texas LPGA Shootout presented by JTBC, Las Colinas CC, Irving, Texas, Rob Wiggins, GCSAA Class A superintendent. May 1-4 — European Tour, The Championship, Blackstone Golf Club, Incheon, Seoul, South Korea. May 2-4 — Champions Tour, Insperity Invitational, The Woodlands CC, The Woodlands, Texas, Chris Hartman, GCSAA Class A superintendent. May 2-4 — Symetra Tour, Chico's Patty Berg Memorial, Cypress Lake CC, Fort Myers, Fla., Bryce Koch, GCSAA Class A superintendent. May 8-11 — PGA Tour, The Players Championship, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Tom Vlach, CGCS, director of agronomy. May 8-11 — Symetra Tour, Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women's Health Charity Classic, Links at Stoney Point, Greenwood, S.C., Billy Ford, superintendent. May 8-11 — European Tour, Madeira Island Open, Portugal BPI, Club de Golf do Santo da Serra, Madeira, Portugal. May 15-18 — PGA Tour, HP Byron Nelson Championship, TPC Four Seasons Resort, Irving, Texas, Anthony Benes, superintendent. May 15-18 — Champions Tour, Re- gions Tradition, Shoal Creek, Shoal Creek, Ala., James Simmons, superintendent. May 15-18 — Tour, BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by Synnex Corp., Thornblade Club, Greer, S.C., Ran - dall Long, GCSAA Class A superintendent. May 15-18 — LPGA, Kingsmill Championship presented by JTBC, Kingsmill Resort River Course, Williams - MEMBERS ONLY 100-109_May14_Departments.indd 102 4/16/14 2:56 PM

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