Golf Course Management

JUN 2018

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80 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 06.18 Q: What is your favorite word? A: "Try." Being open to trying new things is a must in life. By trying, I have known success and failure, both of which are to personal growth. I have met many people who have not tried something for fear of failure. They gave up before trying. You will not know what life has for you unless you try. Q: Who do you consider your mentor in this industry and why? A: I have been very fortunate to have quite a few mentors in the industry and all have been influential in my career. Dave Petfield of Merion Golf Club (who was the agronomist there when Lemons interned) played a big part in my growth when I first started out. Dave never stopped teaching or pushing me to be better. Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who'd it be and why? A: Justin Vernon of the band Bon Iver. Justin Vernon is an amazing musician and songwriter. His albums are amazing but the live performances are mind-blowing. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you Josh Lemons changed professions, but his task didn't. Lemons was manager for Betel International in the United Kingdom. Their charge: help desperate people heal and rebuild their lives based on Christian values and a strong work ethic. He departed after four years, returning to the U.S. with his family (wife Ashlee and children Anna, Evangeline, Josiah and Noah). He had experience working at a municipal golf course in high school, so Ashlee suggested that he go to turfgrass school. He did, earning an associate's degree from Penn State University. That has helped launch his career, includ- ing being part of the 12-person inaugural EXCEL Leadership Program, which is funded by Nufarm and administered by GCSAA's philanthropic organization, the Environmental Institute for Golf. EXCEL members attended the Golf Industry Show in February in San Antonio, and Lemons says he put what he learned there to use — improving his résumé and networking. On March 19, he started in an enhanced assistant role at Olympic Hills. Wherever he works, Lemons has a purpose. "My priority at the treatment facility was to help people. That hasn't changed," says Lemons, 33, and a three-year GCSAA member. "I still deal with people with needs and wants. I care for people." Joshua Lemons Was: Second assistant superintendent, Golden Valley (Minn.) Country Club Is: Assistant superintendent, Olympic Hills Golf Club, Eden Prairie, Minn. (climbing the ladder) ON COURSE June 7-10 — PGA Tour, FedEx St. Jude Classic, TPC Southwind, Memphis; Nick Bisanz, director of golf course man- agement operations June 7-10 — Web.com Tour, Rust- Oleum Championship, Ivanhoe Club, Ivanhoe, Ill.; Tom Prichard, superintendent June 7-10 — European Tour, Shot Clock Masters, Diamond Country Club, Atzenbrugg, Vienna, Austria June 8-10 — PGA Tour Champions, Principal Charity Classic, Wakonda Club, Des Moines; John Temme, GCSAA Class A superintendent June 8-10 — LPGA, ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by ACER, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, Galloway, N.J.; Mike Bair, director of agronomy June 8-10 — Symetra Tour, Four Winds Invitational, Blackthorn Golf Club, South Bend, Ind.; John Quickstad, GCSAA Class A superintendent June 8-10 — USGA, Curtis Cup, Quaker Ridge Golf Club, Scarsdale, N.Y.; Thomas Ashfield, GCSAA Class A superintendent June 14-17 — USGA, U.S. Open, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y.; Jon Jennings, CGCS June 14-17 — LPGA, Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, Blythefield Country Club, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Collin Romanick, GCSAA Class A superintendent June 15-17 — Symetra Tour, Decatur-Forsyth Classic, Hickory Point Golf Course, Decatur, Ill.; Gregory Foley, superintendent June 21-24 — PGA Tour, Travelers Championship, TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.; Jeff Reich, GCSAA Class A superintendent June 21-24 — Web.com Tour, Wichita Open Supporting Wichita Youth, Crestview Country Club, Wichita, Kan.; Josh Troutman, GCSAA Class A superintendent MEMBERS ONLY

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