Golf Course Management

JUL 2018

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18 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.18 A valuable piece of history belongs to GCSAA Class A superintendent Mike Manthey. "I have a 1985 rookie card of Kirby Puckett," Manthey says. "My dad (Steve) said, 'You better keep that. That kid is going to be something.'" Dad was correct. Manthey thinks the baseball card of Puckett, the late Minnesota Twins outfielder who is enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., is stored inside a box in a home closet. In another closet, though, Manthey unearthed a treasure that belongs to his employer. In March, Manthey located a long-lost blueprint of the course design for Midland Hills Country Club in Roseville, Minn. It was thought that the blue - print of famed golf course ar- chitect Seth Raynor's work from 1921 — often referred to as the golden age of golf course architec - ture— had been lost forever. It took Manthey's curiosity to resurrect the cherished 3-foot-by-6-foot blueprint. "There was always a tile that was sideways in my office closet," Manthey says, "and one day I thought to myself, 'What's going on with that tile?' I got out of my chair, rolled it into the closet, with the intention of putting it Finders keepers Mike Manthey (second from right), the superintendent at Midland Hills CC in Roseville, Minn., unearthed a long-lost blueprint of the course's design by legendary architect Seth Raynor in the ceiling of a closet in his office. Shown with Manthey are (from left to right) assistant superintendents Brad Holt, Mark Ries and Brian Richert. Photos by Craig Lassig

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