Golf Course Management

JUL 2017

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and he'd actually baled hay on the property during his younger years. "He is one of those guys, in this day and age, that are few and far between," says Meier, a 20-year GCSAA member. "He did whatever you asked, was engaged, didn't let money outweigh what he'd get in growth and experience. I just put the playbook in front of him, and he ran with it." Beanblossom, now a board member for the Kentuckiana GCSA, oversees a links- style course, with bentgrass from tee to green, that totaled 23,000 rounds in 2016. Chariot Run assistant superintendent Brad Mer - cer says Beanblossom's engagement doesn't cease at the maintenance facility door. "He likes to ask about my personal life, how I'm doing, how my family is doing. That, to me, is the biggest thing that stands out about him," Mercer says. "He can be demanding. He wants to make sure every - body keeps up with the high standards we have here." Some of Beanblossom's crew members are men and women who have come from nearby Butterfly Transformation House, a halfway home. "Giving them a safe place to work and a positive environment to get a fresh start in life has been a blessing for me," says Beanblossom, who serves as a fa - ther figure to some of his employees and has regained some of the patience he temporar- ily lost following the racing accident. David and Lisa Beanblossom still dab - ble in horses — Zipadeli and Gus are what Beanblossom calls "our yard ornaments." Talk to him long enough, and you get the feeling that, while he may have shelved the idea of racing again, he hasn't completely ruled out training horses for others to race. "Haven't gone down that road yet. Not say - ing I won't," he says. Beanblossom, whose favorite book now is the Bible, doesn't fret over what the fu - ture holds. He gets it — how fortunate he is, that his expiration date was delayed on more than one occasion. That is out of his hands, he says. And he can live with that. "I'm not scared of death," Beanblossom says. "When God's done with me here, he can take me home." Howard Richman (hrichman@gcsaa.org) is GCM 's associate editor. David and Lisa Beanblossom still enjoy time with horses at their home in Indiana. They will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary on Dec. 27. 44 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.17 Steve suggested that he apply for a job there. He followed through, and even with no golf course experience, he landed a position on the maintenance crew and washed his hands of harness racing. (Beanblossom admits to being a germaphobe — he washes his hands about 20 times a day and plows through lots of Germ-X.) "My plan was to keep three or four horses, work 40 hours, and get health insurance," he says. In time, Beanblossom gained superin - tendent Roger Meier's affinity. "He had pa- tience with me," Beanblossom says. "For 45 minutes, in the middle of a workday, we'd stand in the middle of a green. Basically, he was saying 'Let's have class right here.'" When Meier departed for Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, he recommended that Beanblossom replace him. Beanblossom was named interim superintendent in 2010. The following year, Chariot Run dropped the in - terim tag and made Beanblossom head su- perintendent. And perhaps it truly was fate all along: The original owners of the piece of land that would become Chariot Run in 2003, Gordon and Jean Brown, were like a second family to Beanblossom growing up,

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