Golf Course Management

MAR 2017

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52 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.17 communities look like in America is beneficial to the sport. It creates an environment of in - clusion where everyone can come together to enjoy the terrific benefits that come from play - ing the game of golf," Evans says. "Whether it is socializing with friends, exercising, enjoy - ing the great outdoors and all that golf courses can offer in the way of wildlife, beauty, rec - reation and fun, everyone should be afforded those opportunities." Although all are welcome at the facility, African-American youths have become a cor - nerstone of Marlton's clientele. Craig Kirby's nonprofit organization "Golf. My Future. My Game." taps Marlton as a venue for mak - ing golf affordable and accessible to women, millennials and certainly young African- Americans. And, along the way, Judd hopes they might uncover a future superintendent. "If I can get some kids interested in this job, what a future we have," says Judd, who is in his first year of GCSAA membership. Men of principle Those involved with Marlton share a de - termination to make golf more inclusive, yet Engaging the younger generation, particularly minorities, has been a focus at Marlton GC. More than 300 youths have participated in programs there. Photo courtesy of Craig Kirby Superintendent Brian Judd never doubts his wife's powers of perception. So, when he was trying to decide whether to leave a job after 24 years for another opportu - nity, he brought his wife, Barbara, along for his interview with the four co-owners of Marlton Golf Club. She wasn't just along for the ride — she sat in on the interview. "We put all of our cards on the table. She listened. She can pinpoint someone's character in a matter of seconds," says Judd. "From what I heard, I wanted to take the job right there." Barbara agreed. "We thought they had a good plan, good focus, and a focus on giving back to the community through golf, mentoring kids — just a whole list of things they wanted to do to help," Brian Judd says. "These owners are really doing something special." Judd, 53, got the job, and left Geneva Farms Golf Course in Harford County, Md., after more than two decades there. At Marlton, he replaced 30-year GCSAA member Paul Masimore, CGCS, whom Judd considers a rock star for what he accomplished. "I'd be totally remiss if I didn't mention Paul. Paul and his crew worked their tails off to pull this course together," Judd says. A former air traffic controller and helicopter mechanic in the Army, Judd was introduced to Geneva Farms when he met then-superintendent Charles Priestley, who coaxed Judd into coming to work for him. Judd combined it with studying turfgrass at Rutgers University before he would eventually replace Priestley. For Judd, departing Geneva Farms wasn't easy. "Our late owner there, Jack Davis, was a one-in-a-million guy. He was good to the whole county," Judd says. Now, Judd is being lauded for what he has done in 11 months at Marlton. "He's a great me - chanic, so we get two-for-one," says Marlton co-owner Jimmy Garvin. "His role is to make sure we're accessible and playable. We've got to get him the resources to get the job done." Even if they don't, chances are good that Judd will still find a way — like the time he devised a divot repair tool, which he made before being deployed to Bosnia. "We didn't have video games when I was a kid. If we wanted something, we made it or did without," Judd says. "If you have a need and a creative spark, you go with it." — H.R. He said, she said

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