Golf Course Management

NOV 2012

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Above: A young patient in a motorized vehicle at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas gets a golf lesson. The North Texas GCSA helped build a green for the hospital. Photo courtesy of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Below: Isabel Shelton (left) was a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas. Pictured with Shelton is PGA Tour major champion Justin Leonard. Photo courtesy of Isabel Shelton sabel Shelton just might be at the White House today, a perk of her position as the assistant to the chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Education. Shelton, 24, works on special projects, including Education Drives America, a multi-city bus tour in which her boss, U.S. Education Secre- tary Arne Duncan, visits communities to talk about school reform, college affordability and how education can equal employment. Indeed, Shelton has come a long way from her days as a youth in Texas who adored ballet. "It was my life," Shelton says. Her passion, however, was derailed by scoliosis, which is a sideways curvature of the spine. At 13, Shelton had surgery at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dal- las. The recuperation period was lengthy and painful. This is where you, North Texas Golf Course Superintendents Association (NTGCSA), came into her life. Some of you, probably all of you, never have met Shelton. That's OK. She certainly knows all about you — and she can't thank you enough. It is pretty obvious that GCSAA chapters, whether in Texas, California or anywhere in between, make others feel exactly the way Shelton does. "That is why I try to do nice things for others, like you all (NTGCSA members) did for me," Shelton says. You see, Shelton attended a golf clinic at Chambers Park, located on hospital grounds, an area where the NTGCSA donated money and built a green. She had no background in golf but her experience at the hospital evolved into Shelton's involvement in The First Tee of Greater Austin. Years later, as a student at the University of Arizona, Shelton was instrumental in starting a girls' golf program in Tucson. No wonder, then, that Shelton is cited as an example of what superintendents can do by their good deeds. "The fact that you (NTGCSA) are helping to support a program that advocates inclusion speaks volumes," says Dana Dempsey, director of therapeutic recreation at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. "It makes a powerful statement, what you all do." Countless examples of benevolence are sprinkled throughout all corners of the 46 GCM November 2012

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