Golf Course Management

FEB 2017

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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68 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.17 Best mentorship practices In a profession that prides itself on the fellowship of the helping hand, Pat Finlen stands out. Editor's note: T is article is part of a periodic series t a ig lig ts mentoring in t e golf course man- agement industry, and is presented in partners ip wit yngenta and GCSAA TV. For more on t e topic, visit T e Mentor C annel at . The past few years have seen Pat Finlen, CGCS, ascend to some of the golf course manage - ment industry's top posts, including GCSAA's presidency in 2013. Later that year, he was named general manager of San Francisco's venerable Olympic Club, where he oversaw operations for the 2012 U.S. Open. By any superintendent's definition, Finlen's has been a notable career, but the man himself defines his success by one of the profession's most prized practices: mentorship. Finlen, a 32-year GCSAA member, learned the value of mentorship in his first days on the job at Lake Quivira (Kan.) Country Club, where his boss was Mike McMillin. McMillin, who was a 28-year member of GCSAA and is currently "happily semi-retired," remembers Finlen fondly. "I'm extremely proud of Pat. He was always very hardworking, and he's always been a special guy to me." For his part, Finlen says, "Early on, Mike helped me in many ways by giving me a chance and in educating me. I had a degree in business management and knew very little, agronomic-wise. His patience in letting me do many things as an assistant made it possible for me to learn much about the agronomic side of being a superintendent." Finlen likewise credits the guidance of another mentor at Lake Quivira CC, Terry Williams, who was a member of Lake Quivira's board of directors and the chair of the golf committee. Wil - John Torsiello AT THE TURN (mentorship) Pat Finlen (right), general manager at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, walks the course with Troy Flanagan, director of golf maintenance operations at the club, who took over his position after Finlen was promoted in 2013. Photos courtesy of EPIC Creative

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