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His football teams possess a record that would make even Nick Saban smile. What truly makes him happy, though, is what plays out on the golf course. John McCarthy, CGCS, is not necessarily facing a mid-life crisis. In this era of economic and job-related uncertainty, though, it is life. At what now is considered a temporary position as interim superintendent at Painted Dunes Desert Golf Club in El Paso, Texas, McCarthy is hundreds of miles from the gridiron that his team in Georgia has, arguably, dominated. McCarthy, 44, fnds himself in West Texas by design. And a need to support his family, which includes an Olympic-caliber swimmer and a quarterback in the making, still based in Georgia. He landed at Painted Dunes when they needed a superintendent and he needed a job. After nine years at Crystal Falls Golf Club in Dawsonville, Ga., McCarthy says they told him they wanted to go a new direction and let him walk. It is a familiar scenario in the industry. Any industry, really. "You never know what can happen. It (job issues) hits everybody. It doesn't discriminate," McCar- thy says. "This (superintendent job) is what pays the bills." He also works in a profession where networking is in the fabric. Among those who put the wheels in motion to restart McCarthy's career is Tenia Workman, executive director of the Georgia GCSA. She contacted past GCSAA President Dave Downing II, vice president at Golf Maintenance Solutions. There he serves as agronomist for the Southeast region. He helped place McCarthy at Painted Dunes. Transition (end) zone Photo by Ruben R. Ramirez