Golf Course Management

FEB 2018

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14 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.18 When I first began my career in golf course management, getting involved in my local chapter and giving back to the industry were the furthest things from my mind. During my first stops at courses in my home state of Tennessee and then after I had moved on to Virginia and North Carolina, I was one of those young superintendents with blinders on. If it wasn't about my golf course and how I could make it better, I wasn't inter - ested in hearing about it. But as with many things in life, age and experience brought better perspective — a level of wisdom about what's really important and what's not. In essence, I started to grow up a little bit, and, especially during my time at Champion Hills in Hendersonville, N.C., I began to appreciate what taking part in chap - ter activities and serving in leadership roles could mean to me, both personally and pro - fessionally. I didn't get to that point on my own, of course. I had plenty of help along the way in the form of gentle nudges from mentors and colleagues who had already discovered what I was just coming to learn about the value of service. Without the encouragement of indus - try stalwarts such as Dave Downing, CGCS, and Mark Kuhns, CGCS — both former GCSAA presidents — I'm not sure the natural progression of my career would have led me to dive in as deeply as I ultimately did. But now, as I near the end of my term as GCSAA president and reflect on my years of service to both the national association and the chapters I've been a part of, I couldn't be more pleased that I listened to the advice I re - ceived from Dave, Mark and countless oth- ers. Volunteering has opened so many doors for me, given me opportunities I could never have dreamt of, and, hopefully, allowed me to contribute to the continued enhancement of our profession and the game of golf. Serving as GCSAA president has truly been the honor of my lifetime. Like many who have come before me, I know I had a host of grand plans and lofty goals when I was first elected to the GCSAA Board of Directors in 2010. And I was fortu - nate to find in my fellow board members a group of like-minded individuals whose as - Bill Maynard, CGCS Twitter: @BillatStAlbans In appreciation of service Volunteering has opened so many doors for me, given me opportunities I could never have dreamt of, and, hopefully, allowed me to contribute to the continued enhancement of our profession and the game of golf. (president's message) pirations for this association very closely mir- rored my own. We've accomplished much over the years, and I believe we have created programs and services that not only serve our members' needs and advance the golf course management profession, but that also help el - evate the game of golf overall. I have been particularly proud of the col - laboration that we have been able to foster with other organizations throughout the world of golf, and the common goals we've been able to embrace. Whether that's working with our friends overseas or as part of the Golf 20/20 coalition here in the states, the game of golf moves forward when we are all pull - ing in the same direction, and I have seen that spirit increase exponentially during my years of board service. But for all that I believe I've been able to give to GCSAA through my service, I know that I have received back far more. Volunteer service has been an unparalleled learning ex - perience for me. It's taught me lessons in how to carry and present myself, how to consider the thoughts and opinions of others, how to be a better listener. Board service has made me a better administrator, a better superintendent, a better father and a better husband. The list of those I need to thank for their support and encouragement during this past year could take up nearly every page of this issue of GCM, but I would be remiss if I did not offer up my gratitude to all the chapters that have supported me along the way, the great folks at the Country Club of St. Albans (Mo.) — most notably my amazing mainte - nance team there — my fellow board mem- bers, and, of course, my family and my won- derful wife, Darla. And finally, I want to thank you, the mem - bers of GCSAA, for the trust you have shown in me over the years. I hope you feel that I have represented you well and that this board has represented you well, and I'm eager to see what more we can all accomplish, working together, in the years to come. Bill Maynard, CGCS, is the director of golf course mainte- nance operations at the Country Club of St. Albans (Mo.) and a 31-year member of GCSAA.

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