Golf Course Management

JAN 2017

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72 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.17 About 12 years ago, the head super at St. James started committing those storytell - ing skills to paper — or, rather, a computer hard drive. Every morning ("When the head is fresh and uncluttered") he devoted 60 to 90 minutes to this new craft. He has since written and self-published three young-adult adven - ture novels, writing under the name Konnrad. He's now banging out a fourth — a love story with an agronomic twist. "I just sat down one day and said, 'Man, I'm gonna write,'" Broussard recalls. "I've always liked to read. I took a lot of English classes at college that weren't necessarily re - quired, because I liked them. I could've been an English major with just a few more classes. "But the writing is not as easy as people might think," he continues. "The grammar and punctuation don't come naturally, even with good training. Putting thoughts down on paper is tough — keeping that plot going in the right direction, where one sentence nat - urally leads to the next, where one paragraph leads to the next one — it's an art." It took five to six years of practice before he began writing freely, Broussard says, add - ing, "I feel I've really progressed. I go back and read the first stuff and, well, I would do it dif - ferently now." The first three books from Konnrad — "The King and the Kid" (2013), "Thunder - storm" (2014) and "Swarm" (2015) — all fall under what's called young-adult literature, though if the comments on are any indication, the audience is wider than that. ("One of t e best book ave read in years," one reads. "Geared toward a younger gen - eration, I am 50, but t is book kept my inter- est an ad me not wanting to put it down.") The trio of books details the exploits of Vince James, his friends, their dog, a mad scientist, some kidnappers and several other less-than- reliable adults. Because Broussard believes one should write what one knows, golf and sports play important roles in all three. But what about agronomy? If one writes what he knows best, when will Konnrad bring the thrills and spills of golf course mainte - nance to a wider audience? "I don't know; agronomy and cutting grass are kind of boring," Broussard says. "But there will be some in this book, which is nothing like the first three. It's a love story. Two guys meet in college — a business major and a geneticist. They hook up on a project, then decide to go farther with it — creating and marketing a grain, like wheat, that is genetically modified to feed the world. The Broussard (far left) has a veteran team in place at St. James Plantation, including assistant superintendent Matt Knisely (center) and McGinnis. across Highway 501 from the 72-hole Wild Wing Plantation. Broussard worked on the crew there when he wasn't in class, and, upon graduation, landed an assistant job back in Texas. A perfect move for this native Hous - tonian, right? Well, not exactly. The job was limited in its responsibilities and decision- making potential, and besides, Broussard had taken a real shine to the low country. In 1997, he reached out to Paul Daniel, one of his professors at Horry Georgetown, letting him know he was in the market for a move. In almost no time, another alum, Jim Brown, called Daniel seeking an assistant superinten - dent recommendation for The Players Course at St. James Plantation. Daniel knew just the guy. Broussard jumped at the chance, eventu - ally assumed the head superintendent's job at The Founders Course, and today is in charge of all 81 holes. The art of storytelling Some would call this a storybook rise, but when the subject is Broussard, one doesn't use that sort of language loosely.

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