Golf Course Management

MAR 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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When Bill Maynard, CGCS, was a high school student working on the crew at Hillwood Country Club in Nashville, Tenn., he didn't spend much time thinking about a career in the game or about the professional association that represented his fellow greenkeepers. He certainly didn't think about those things on the weekends when he would draw the short straw and have to spend his afternoons syringing Hillwood's tender bentgrass greens in the heat of a Tennessee summer. At that point, his concerns were much more immediate, much more personal — he wanted to cool off. And the one spot in the maintenance facility where he knew he could do that was the one spot that was "technically" off-limits to a junior staffer like himself: the head superin - tendent's office. But as industrious and as motivated then as he remains today, Maynard found his way into that office and into the air conditioning. And he also found something totally unexpected sitting on his boss's desk: a pathway to a career. "When I was in there, I started picking up Golf Course Management, which was always on his desk," Maynard says, laughing at the memory. "I started reading and thought, 'Wow, this is pretty cool. A pretty interesting magazine.' But who knew then where it would all lead?" Where it would lead was a lifelong career in golf course management, one that would take him to six different golf courses in five different states — at least, so far. It led to a career dedicated to education, both for himself and for his colleagues in the business. It led to years of giving back to the industry through service to his chapter and to the national association. And, finally, at last month's Golf Industry Show in Orlando, it led to what the director of golf course maintenance operations at the Country Club of St. Albans (Mo.) describes as "the honor of my lifetime" — his election as the 81st national president of GCSAA. "Bill brings great energy and enthusiasm to everything he does," says Pete Grass, CGCS, GCSAA's president in 2016. "I've seen it in the boardroom, I've seen it as we've traveled together to industry events around the country, and I've seen it in his one-on-one interactions with his fellow GCSAA members. I have no doubt he will lead and represent this association extremely well in his role as president." The Country Club of St. Albans is a 36-hole facility tucked into the rolling, wooded hills west of downtown St. Louis. The Lewis and Clark Course was designed by the team of Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, while the Tavern Creek Course was a product of former Old Tom Morris Award winner Michael Hurdzan, Ph.D., and Dana Fry.

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