Golf Course Management

JUL 2017

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Above: Beanblossom (right) with assistant superintendent Brad Mercer. "I owe a lot to Dave. We really do work well together," Mercer says. Left: David Beanblossom (driving in top image and far right in bottom image) launched his competitive harness racing career in 1984. During his time in the sport, Beanblossom won more than $1 million from horses he trained. Photos courtesy of David Beanblossom 42 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.17 fractured shoulder, a bicep tear and a par- tial tear of his left Achilles' heel. "Lisa was scared to death. She later told me her biggest fear during the ambulance ride was whether they were going to amputate my (left) foot," he says. Randy Dever, another harness racer, wasn't a participant in the race but was in attendance that fateful day. "I was one of the first people there for him. I thought he broke both legs. I heard about an hour later that he was going to be OK. I thought, 'How did that happen so soon?' He's tough," Dever says. The recovery period would reveal per - sonality changes in Beanblossom. His memory would also suffer. In the days be - fore GPS technology was common, he once had to call Lisa as he drove to the orthope - dic surgeon. "I got lost going to a place I'd driven many times before," he says. He still struggles with his memory. Re - cently, Lisa was wearing a gold University of Indiana necklace that David had given her back when Bob Knight coached the Hoo - siers' men's basketball team. "He asked me, 'Where did you get that?' He had given it to me a long time ago when we were still dat - ing," she says. "God bless him. His memo- ry's not the best." Neither is his balance. "It's hard to walk uphill. I can't get that (left) foot flat on the ground," Beanblossom says, "and I've fallen into a wall more than once. My first steps each morning remind me of the wreck every day." A new direction When Beanblossom's demeanor around his horses shifted, he knew it was time for a change. "I used to be patient with horses. From then on (post-accident), I'd fly off the han - dle if something didn't go right. I did a com- plete 180," he says. Although he would race again, his time in the sport didn't last long. Lisa even stopped watching him race. Instead, she'd turn her back, find a quiet place, and pray. "Another accident happened right in front of me. I told David I couldn't do it any - more," she says, concerned that he'd be se- verely hurt or worse. "The joke was that I was too young to wipe drool from his chin." At that time, Beanblossom's brother, Steve, was employed at Chariot Run, and "I've fallen into a wall more than once. My first steps each morning remind me of the wreck every day." — David Beanblossom

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