Golf Course Management

JUL 2018

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80 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.18 Q: If you could play guitar with one group (current or past), who would it be and why? A: Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble. My personal guitar hero. Q: What piece of equipment or device is your favorite? A: Walk mower. I love starting out the day walk mowing. It's good exercise and I love the stripes it puts down on the greens. Q: What is your dream vacation? A: Superbike racing school, anywhere, but preferably WeatherTech Raceway in Laguna Seca (near Salinas, Calif.) Q: What is your favorite word? A: "Today." I like to stay focused on what's right in front of me today, not worry about tomorrow or dwell on the past. Q: Is there a particular challenge caring for The Ranch Club? A: Voles. There's a million of them. They're everywhere, and they're lightning fast. Q: What is the best piece of advice you have received about this business? A: Don't try to cover up a mistake; admit it and figure out how to deal with it, or at least learn from it and don't repeat it. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you Dave Walden is on his fourth career. It appears, though, there will be no going, going gone this time — more like here today, here tomorrow. "Oh, no. I think I'm done (changing jobs)," says Walden, 49, who is settled in, and at peace, in his assistant superintendent position at The Ranch Club. "This will last me. I can't think of anything better to do." Walden's career journey includes building mandolins for Gibson, a renowned guitar manufacturer; assistant administrator for a computer company; and a crew member in the oil industry, which came with extreme hazards. "We blew up things under- ground. It was awesome," he says. The hours? Not so great (100 hours weekly). Neither was the peril (8,000 pounds per square inch of pressure in pipes. If you turned the wrong valve, it could be extremely dangerous, even deadly). Walden decided to move to Montana, saw a newspaper ad for a golf course, and sealed his future. "I was cutting cups the first day. Mowed greens, too. I enjoy what I do, and I get to do it outside. Best of both worlds," says Walden, a two-year GCSAA member, who also has a computer science degree from Montana State University. Dave Walden Was: Student, Rutgers University/Cook College Is: Assistant superintendent, The Ranch Club, Missoula, Mont. (climbing the ladder) ON COURSE July 5-8 — PGA Tour, The Greenbrier Classic, The Old White TPC, White Sulphur Springs, West Va.; Kelly Shumate, director of golf course maintenance; Josh Pope, GCSAA Class A superintendent. July 5-8 — Tour, Lecom Health Challenge, Peek'n Peak Resort- Upper Course, Findley Lake, N.Y.; Tom Dekoning, superintendent July 5-8 — LPGA, Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, Thornberry Creek at Oneida, Oneida, Wis.; Steve Archibald, superintendent July 5-8 — European Tour, Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation, Ballyliffin Golf Club, Donegal, Ireland July 12-14 — Symetra Tour, Donald Ross Classic at French Lick Resort, French Lick, Ind.; Brett Fleck, GCSAA Class A superintendent July 12-15 — PGA Tour, John Deere Classic, TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Ill.; Alex Stuedemann, CGCS July 12-15 — PGA Tour Champions, Constellation Senior Players Champion- ship, Exmoor Country Club, Highland Park, Ill.; Kurt Galisdorfer, director of grounds; Michael Miracle, superintendent July 12-15 — Tour, Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank , Oakridge Country Club, Farmington; Wesley York, superintendent July 12-15 — LPGA, Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning & O-I, Highland Meadows Golf Club, Sylva- nia, Ohio; Greg Pattinson, GCSAA Class A superintendent July 12-15 — USGA, U.S. Senior Women's Open, Chicago Golf Club, Wheaton, Ill.; Scott Bordner, GCSAA Class A superintendent July 12-15 — European Tour, Aber- deen Standard Investments Scottish Open, Gullane Golf Club, Gullane, East Lothian, United Kingdom MEMBERS ONLY

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