Golf Course Management

OCT 2017

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Whitmore Lake Golf Links in the 1990s, and has insight into perhaps why Whitmore produced so many members of the golf course industry. "When I worked at Whitmore Lake, it was still a small community with many farms and agricultural ties. Some of these young men worked for local farm - ers or family farms, and worked at the golf course," Fouty says. "The work ethic piece for these young men never had to be taught. Hard work and long hours never bothered them." Sandi Klump taught all the boys English at the high school, which now is the town's junior high building. "We've had kids go on to do a variety of things. They've become pro - fessors, own their own auto repair shop, and one is a curator of a private art collection in Paris. They (the seven who entered the golf course industry) were all good kids, good students, but I never really pictured any of them going in that direction," Klump says. Yet some of their ties run deep. Kyle Reece was a groomsman in Nabozny's wedding. "I see him at least once a week. We're still best friends and have done vacations together," says Nabozny, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire, Mich., and an 11-year association member. Although some mem - bers of his family worked at places synonymous with the Michi- gan automotive industry — General Motors and Ford — Nabozny found his niche at the golf course. "Kyle and I loved golf, and we also worked there. It was the opportunity to make money more than anything else. Opportunities for overtime. Good mem - bership. We were young, eager to learn," he says. Nabozny considers the Mausolf brothers "pillars of the industry." Dan Mausolf, 36, was previously a superintendent at Radrick Farms at the University of Michigan and is now operations manager at Stine Turf & Snow in Durand, Mich. Mike Mausolf, 35, was a superintendent at famed Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and is now operations man - ager at ProScape in Commerce Town- ship, Mich. "I had 53 people in my high school class," says Dan, a 17-year GCSAA member. "The golf course here was the best thing in the world for a high school junior or senior — to be outside, be on a $ 60,000 piece of equipment, mowing tees, fairways and greens. I can remember standing on No. 2 green with Amy and asking, 'How do I do this for a career?' It was fun." Mike Mausolf, a 15-year association member, was probably unlike others his age in those days. "I enjoyed waking up when the sun was coming up. I liked mowing greens, but wasn't a big fan of changing cups," he says. "By the time I was 18, it was almost like I was an assis - tant." Thompson, a three-year GCSAA member and the equipment manager at Travis Point Country Club in Ann Arbor, got a nudge in this industry's direction. "I didn't know what I was going to do until Dan got me involved," Thompson says. "I'd always been good at fixing stuff, working on things like brakes and shocks on vehicles. If something broke, I'd want to know why it broke and what I'd have to do to get it working." Dan Mausolf suggested Lake City (Fla.) Community College (now Florida Gateway College), and Thompson took it to heart. Lake City, which is famous for produc - ing graduates who join the golf industry, buoyed Thomp- son's career. Maybe the most unlikely of the group to land in this industry is Weiland. The son of a lawyer, he went to col - lege to study political science. He eventually changed his mind, though, and followed the Mausolfs' lead. He knows their family well, too. The Mausolfs' mother, Deanna, was Weiland's daycare supervisor way back when. "I wouldn't be where I am at if it wasn't for them," says Weiland, who now is in Dan Mausolf's former job as superintendent at Radrick Farms. Weiland isn't surprised this group is so alike after all. "I think part of it is being from a small town like Whitmore Lake. We kind of look out for each other," he says. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor 20 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.17 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.17 20 Kyle Marshall is a dreamer, and his dream resulted in repeats. "I always dreamed of being able to see a golf course built. I thought it was necessary to understand every component of the business," says Marshall, a 30-year GCSAA member. "I wanted to see every aspect of it. I thought it would make me a better superintendent — and it did." On five occasions, Marshall has been involved in golf course grow-ins. The first was The Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, and the most recent — Capital City Club in Atlanta — has been home since 2000. Marshall, 48, was hired at the historic facility that already featured one golf course (Brookhaven, where entertainment legends Bing Crosby and Bob Hope had played in a golf exhibition) and was adding another called the Crabapple Course. Crabapple opened in 2002, and 15 years later, it's hosting its first USGA Championship: the 37th annual U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, Oct.7-12. (Atlanta National Golf Club in Milton is serving as stroke play co-host). Although numerous golf courses in the South have transitioned from bentgrass to bermudagrass greens, Crabapple has stayed the course with bentgrass greens and bermudagrass fairways, for now. October is ideal for hosting a marquee event, says Marshall, director of golf courses and grounds. "For Atlanta, I think it's the best time of the year. We will have challenging rough, and it's the best time of the year for bentgrass. We should be at the pinnacle of conditions for our course," he says. Marshall has lived and breathed this indus - try since his youth. His father, Grover Marshall, was a superintendent, and spent more than four decades at Sunset Hills Country Club in Carrollton, Ga. "I remember me and my brother (Kevin) riding on the back of dad's tractor. He'd be watering greens with a hose and a stand," Marshall says. "I learned so much from him. A lot of it is his work ethic — doing what it takes to get the job done, doing the right thing." Marshall (his wife is Tracy and their daughter is Sydney) says his staff at Capital City Club — which includes Crabapple's Michael Studier, CGCS, a 17-year association member; Brookhaven Class A superintendent John Santora, a 13-year member; and first-year mem - ber Don Lanning, equipment manager — have the right stuff. "The most important thing is membership, and we're treated like family here," Mar - shall says. — H.R. ACT ON COURSE OF The small town of Whitmore Lake, Mich. — population 6,423 — is located right off U.S. 23, just 13 miles north of Ann Arbor.

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