Golf Course Management

JAN 2017

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74 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.17 Top: Off the golf course, Broussard has a passion for writing, and has authored three young-adult adventure novels, with a fourth on the way. Photo by Trent Bouts Bottom: Working the world of agronomy and golf course management into his novels hasn't been easy, Broussard admits. "Agronomy and cutting grass are kind of boring," he says. Photos by Matthew Silfe r plant adapts to any environment, droughty or lush. "They become incredibly rich," the writer continues. "Eventually, the partners each get married and have kids, who grow up together. One guy's son falls in love with the other guy's daughter. She's not so sure about him. Eventu - ally, the two partners have a falling out and don't want these kids together. That's where I'm at." Genetically modified seeds — that's the shoutout to his fellow golf course superin - tendents. "Hey, that's sort of a hot topic right now!" Broussard exclaims. No bottom line Broussard treats his literary career like he treats his fishing: It's about him, for his own enjoyment. He doesn't harbor any delusions of gran - deur about where it might take him profes- sionally. His three books are self-published, after all. That means it is he who pays the guy in California to design the covers, and it is he who promotes them, to the extent he promotes them at all. "I'm way behind on book sales versus what I've put into them, financially. I bet I have two grand into the three books," Broussard says. "That might sound like a lot, but you can't get a good fishing boat for that." The bottom line for Broussard is simple: There is no bottom line. Writing gives him pleasure, and nothing delivers the rush that comes from a happy reader or positive review, like this one about "The King and the Kid," from Amazon: "Enjoyed wat ing a friends ip evolve among an unlikely combination of kids, wit everal twists along t e way. Did wis e coul ave seen more of t e two kidnappers. I t oug t t eir bumbling antics added su comic relief. T ey reminded me of two suc arac - ters in 'Home Alone.' W o coul ate su il- lains w ile you are laug ing at t eir mis aps! A good read wit aluable lessons for t e tween and teen." Not every review is so favorable, of course, but Konnrad is cool with those, too. "You get some good reviews. Some not so good. I can take it," Broussard says. "When you're a super - intendent, you're used to people being critical." Hal Phillips is the managing director of Mandarin Media (www.mandarinmedia.net). He has been writing about golf and golf course management for 25 years, and is a fre - quent contributor to GCM. A background playing the game and a friendship with an assistant superintendent led Broussard (right) to pursue a career in turfgrass management when he left the retail clothing business.

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