Golf Course Management

APR 2018

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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94 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.18 Q: How did you find your way into this industry? A: I grew up on a farm. My dad was a farmer, so I knew how to operate a tractor. Everything I did growing up was outdoors. We moved here in 2007, and I didn't have a job and I didn't speak English then. I got a part-time job at Haggin Oaks, watering greens and weedeating. Q: Is there a piece of equipment you can't do without? A: My green roller. For one, the roller not only makes the greens firm and fast, but gives the greens a break from the reel blade. Q: What makes you laugh? A: My family and friends, but particularly my kids are my joy. After a long day at work and school (Ali is taking courses at American River College in Sacramento), my sons Uzair and Muazzam share with me how their sister chased them around. Also, when my 1-year-old, Mahira, jumps in her swing and welcomes me, that makes my day. Q: Tell us about the best piece of advice you have received. A: The best piece of advice I have received that helped me get to where I am today is when my superintendent (at Haggin Oaks), Stacy Baker, told me, "Get your hands dirty, and you will learn more." Q: What's your favorite word? A: "Believe." Believe in yourself and work hard, and consequently, you will succeed. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you You would think it should be simple to get his name right, but that's not always so for Muhammad Ali. "A lot of people misspell my first name," says Ali, a two-year GCSAA member who oversees Bing Maloney, which features 27 holes (including a nine-hole executive course). Ali, 30, spells his first name the same way as the other Muhammad Ali. You may have heard of him — the late legendary professional boxer. Ali the boxer, though, wasn't originally named Muhammad Ali. His given name was Cassius Clay. Although he has never boxed, Muhammad Ali the superintendent doesn't mind sharing his name with the famous boxer. Just please don't spell his first name with an "e" instead of an "a" for the next-to-last letter. "I think it's cool we have the same name. He was a great boxer and a great person," says Ali, who is from Pakistan. Muhammad Ali Was: Assistant superintendent, Haggin Oaks, Sacramento, Calif. Is: Superintendent, Bing Maloney Golf Complex, Sacramento (climbing the ladder) ON COURSE April 5-8 — Masters, Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga.; Brad Owen, GCSAA Class A superintendent April 6-8 — Symetra Tour, IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon, Beaumont, Calif.; Julio Silva, superintendent April 11-14 — LPGA, Lotte Championship, Ko Olina Golf Club, Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii; Kekoa Willing, superintendent April 12-15 — PGA Tour, RBC Heritage, Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head, S.C.; Jonathan Wright, GCSAA Class A superintendent April 13-15 — PGA Tour Champions, Mitsubishi Electric Classic, TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga.; Tom Vlach, CGCS April 19-22 — PGA Tour, Valero Texas Open, TPC San Antonio-AT&T Oaks, San Antonio; Tom Lively, CGCS, director of golf course operations April 19-22 — Tour, North Mississippi Classic, Country Club of Oxford; Jeremy Castle, superintendent April 19-22 — LPGA, Hugel-JTBC Open, Wilshire Country Club, Los Angeles; Doug Martin, director of agronomy April 19-22 — European Tour, Trophee Hassan II, Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco April 20-22 — PGA Tour Champions, Bass Pro Shop Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge, Top of the Rock, Ridgedale, Mo.; Todd Bohn, director of agronomy; Toby Burkhart, GCSAA Class A superintendent April 26-29 — PGA Tour, Zurich Classic of New Orleans, TPC Louisiana, Avondale; Brandon Reese, director of golf course operations MEMBERS ONLY Instagram: @m.ali916

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