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52 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.14 "He handled it far better than I could have done it," Foster says. "How does that not shake you to the core? Every time we'd hang up, I'd think 'Keith is such a wonderful man.' So many people care about Keith. His impact is wide." The Country Club of Little Rock's pa - tience and support during Nita's illness still moves Ihms. "The club has been tremendous, and I want them to know it," says Ihms, a 33-year GCSAA member. "The club has a huge amount of tra - dition. But it's about the people there." Moore says, "We try to make Keith feel part of the family. It was wonderful he had that sup - port. It didn't surprise me." Coping with tragedy The phrase "What a difference a day makes" is so cliché. In the case of Keith and Nita Ihms, it's so right. Neither Keith nor Nita had found love for years after their frst marriages dissolved. Like thousands of others, they joined the dating rev - olution and signed up for eHarmony, hoping to fnd love at frst click. Even that, however, wasn't doing much for Nita. "She had a trial membership," says Nita's sister Teressa Robinson. "She was not going to renew it." Nita was on her fnal day of that trial when it happened, and isn't that often the case in a love story, that something falls into your lap when you least expect it? Keith, who was at peace in his work and enjoyed hunting and collecting coins, rocks and arrowhead artifacts, still was missing a key piece to his life. He gave eHarmony a try, too. Nita's profle proved to be intriguing. The feeling was mutual. Their frst date included a walk across the Big Dam Bridge. Keith laughs as he recalls his hands sweating like a 16-year-old's as he took Nita's hand in his, a connection that grew stronger daily. "When I moved here from Dallas, it was for both personal and business reasons," Ihms says, "and I actually found both things that I was looking for." "When I moved here from Dallas, it was for both personal and business reasons, and I actually found both things that I was looking for." — Keith Ihms Top: Ihms and the heartbeat of his staff. To his left is Britt; back row, from left to right, are service technician Jeff Brewer; assistant superintendent Kyle Bunney; Wright; and spray technician Josh Majors. Bottom: Ihms discusses mowing patterns with Jesus Salcido. 044-057_March14_Pres.indd 52 2/18/14 1:40 PM