Golf Course Management

AUG 2014

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108 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 08.14 Q: What got you hooked on this industry? A: In the summer of 2006 I got to be on the volunteer staff for the U.S. Senior Open at Prairie Dunes Country Club (in Hutchinson, Kan.). It was just a lot of fun, whether I was working on the bunkers or mowing greens. I fell head over heels. Q: Who are your mentors? A: Stan George (who passed away in April 2013) at Prairie Dunes is one of them. He was big on details and communication. There was always something to be done. If you didn't take care of it, he said somebody will notice it. I also learned a lot from the superintendents here before me. Steve Wilson was organized and on top of everything. Then, Kris Nelson, who is our general manager now, is a real professional. Q: Do you feel fortunate to have become a superintendent at age 28? A: Today, yeah. I don't know if it's real common nowadays. It is a blessing. Q: What makes the job enjoyable? A: Hearing compliments from members and passing them along to the staff. It's good to get that feedback, knowing things are getting done the way you want them to get done. Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you Chances are not even football stars such as Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles produced a feat that Chris Benisch accomplished as a senior football star at tiny Inman (Kan.) High School (he was one of 32 in his graduating class). In a game against Bennington, Benisch was responsible for four touchdowns. It was how he scored them that makes it so special. One rushing. One passing. One on a fumble return. One on a punt return. Yet perhaps his best achievement, Benisch says, occurred his junior year. "That year was the frst time we had made the playoffs in about 15 years," Benisch says. Chris Benisch Was: Assistant superintendent, Meadowbrook Golf & Country Club, Prairie Village, Kan. Is: Superintendent, Meadowbrook Golf & Country Club (Climbing the ladder) ON COURSE Aug. 1-3 — Champions Tour, 3M Championship, TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minn., Roger Stewart, CGCS. Aug. 1-3 — Symetra Tour, Credit Union Classic presented by Wegmans, Drumlins Country Club East Course, Syracuse, N.Y., Peter McPartland, superintendent. Aug. 4-10 — USGA, Women's Amateur, Nassau Country Club, Glen Cove, N.Y., Kyle Hillegass, superintendent. Aug. 7-10 — PGA Tour, PGA Championship, Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Ky., Roger Meier, superintendent. Aug. 7-10 — LPGA, Meijer LPGA Classic, Blythefeld Country Club, Grand Rapids, Mich., Collin Romanick, superintendent. Aug. 7-10 — Tour, Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr. Pepper, Highland Springs Country Club, Springfeld, Mo., Ken Smith, CGCS. Aug. 8-10 — Symetra Tour, New England Charity Classic, Stonebridge Country Club, Goffstown, N.H., Alan Hollen, superintendent. Aug. 11-17 — USGA, U.S. Amateur, Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, Ga., Ken Mangum, CGCS. Aug. 14-17 — PGA Tour, Wyndham Championship, Sedgefeld Country Club, Greensboro, N.C., Keith Wood, GCSAA Class A superintendent. Aug. 14-17 — LPGA, Wegmans LPGA Championship, Monroe Golf Club, Pittsford, N.Y., Matthew Delly, GCSAA Class A superintendent. Aug. 14-17 — Tour, News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot, Fox Den Country Club, Knoxville, Tenn., Scott Severance, CGCS. MEMBERS ONLY

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