Golf Course Management

MAR 2015

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106 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.15 Q: You eventually left Lawrence CC to be an assistant at Evansville CC. How important was that move in your career? A: I really learned about agronomics. I went online and got a certifcate from Ohio State and took classes from Penn State. The superintendent, Jeff Sexton, taught me more than I ever could have imagined. He involved me in greens committee meetings, our Tri-State chapter, which taught me the professional side of the business. The knowledge I gained from him made me feel I'm equipped to get after it. Q: You recently started at Western Hills, on Jan. 1. How has it gone so far? A: I've got a seasoned crew and our mechanic has been here 10 years. They know what needs tender loving care, so that's nice. Q: Western Hills is a private course. What makes it special? A: The membership takes pride in their golf course. That drives me to give them a product they deserve. Q: It's March, which means basketball, which is king in your state. Are you a big hoops fan? A: I'm a huge IU (Indiana) fan. I'll watch as much March Madness as I can. Hopefully, they'll be part of it. Q: Who is your biggest fan? A: My wife, Shannon. I can never thank her enough for the opportunity to be here. To pick up and move was not easy. She was behind me and supported me. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you It was more about pepperoni and mozzarella for Jeremy Tredway in his pre-golf industry days. An economics major at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Tredway was a general manager at Larry Bobe's Pizza in Lawrenceville, Ill., when his life's journey took a curve he never dreamed of. He wanted something to keep himself busy in between shifts, so one day Tredway headed to Lawrence County CC. There he encountered John Piper, who was grinding reels. Piper had a question for Tredway. "He asked me if I wanted to be the superintendent. I said, 'Yes, if you teach me what you know.' Well, he taught me," Tredway, 37, says. "I never mowed a green or changed a cup before. I learned to love golf." Jeremy Tredway Was: Assistant superintendent, Evansville (Ind.) Country Club Is: Superintendent, Western Hills Country Club, Mount Vernon, Ind. (Climbing the ladder) ON COURSE March 5-8 — PGA Tour, World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, Trump National Doral, Miami, Fla., Don Thornburgh Jr., superintendent. March 5-8 — PGA Tour, Puerto Rico Open, Trump International Golf Club, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, Jason Matos, assistant superintendent. March 5-8 — LPGA, HSBC Women's Champions, Sentosa Golf Club, The Serapong Course, Singapore. March 5-8 — Tour, Karlbana Championship, TPC Cartagena, Cartagena, Colombia. March 5-8 — European Tour, Africa Open, East London Golf Club, Eastern Cape, South Africa. March 12-15 — PGA Tour, Valspar Championship, Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead), Palm Harbor, Fla., Ryan Stewart, superintendent. March 12-15 — Tour, Brasil Champions presented by HSBC, Sao Paulo Golf Club, Sao Paulo, Brazil. March 12-15 — European Tour, Tshawne Open, Pretoria Country Club, Waterkloof, South Africa. March 19-22 — PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Fla., Christopher Flynn, CGCS, director of grounds. March 19-22 — LPGA, LPGA Founders Cup, Wildfre Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Ariz., Todd Norton, director of grounds. March 19-22 — European Tour, Madeira Island Open, Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra, Madeira, Portugal. March 19-22 — Tour, Chile Classic, Club de Golf Mapocho, Santiago, Chile. March 20-22 — Champions Tour, Tucson Conquistadores Classic, Omni Tucson National (Catalina Course), MEMBERS ONLY

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