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John Reitman

By John Reitman

Golf industry pros share Thanksgiving spirit

TurfNet polled a few of our friends recently to see what they are thankful for this holiday season. Replies run the gamut from personal to professional. Here is what they had to say.

112819finlen.jpgPat Finlen
Winchester Country Club, Meadow Vista, CA

I am thankful for my Family, friends, good health and a new job.

Anthony Williams
Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, Irving, TX

I have so much to be thankful for it was a great year, tough at times but very successful. Here are a few things that I am thankful for.

Family and friends,
My incredible team at Four Seasons Dallas.
Health (lost 66 ponds and counting).
Our new home in Lewisville, Texas.
Our club maxed out our golf membership at 750 and we now have a waiting list.
Our TPC Superintendent, Cortland Winkle earned his CGCS.
We promoted long time assistant Landon Lindsay to GCS of our Cottonwood Valley member course.
The Bentgrass greens survived another Texas summer.
I was elected vice-president of the North Texas GCSA.
WE are doing another TurfNet Jumpstart webinar in 2020.
We put a few more Karate trophies on the shelf.
Finished a 1.5 million dollar (flood-related) renovation on both courses.

I was truly blessed this year and could go on and on, example we just got $817,350 worth of new equipment from our new owners, it arrives in December.

112819randy.jpgRandy Wilson
Rockbottum Country Club, Clayton, GA

I am thankful for my family, both blood and TurfNet, I am deeply thankful for being born an American and raised first military, then golf . . . and I am grateful to still be alive, no matter how many stupid things I've done.

Jim Husting
Woodbridge Golf and Country Club (retired), Woodbridge, CA

Thankful for my family and my health.

112819munshaw.jpgGregg Munshaw, Ph.D.
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

I am thankful for a job that pays my bills, allows me to work outside, and to interact with some pretty great people. Also, I am truly blessed to have an amazing and healthy family.

Tony Nysse
Old Marsh Golf Club, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my wife. Time after time, we thank our staff, memberships and/or assistants (rightfully so) but if it wasn't for my wife, understanding that I love what I do and being understanding of some of the craziness our jobs entail & taking care of my beautiful daughter, the enjoyment of this job would not be what it is.

Thom Nikolai, Ph.D.
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

I am blessed and thankful for my family & friends as well as a career that has allowed me to interact with so many thoughtful & pleasant individuals. 

112819dick.jpgDick Gray
PGA Golf Club, Port St. Lucie, FL

On a personal level, I'm thankful for those people who have passed who believed in me; I'm thankful for those living who  believe in me, and on a general level, I'm thankful for mitochondria,the Kreb's cycle, chloroplasts and photosynthesis.. Amen.

Bryan Unruh, Ph.D.
University of Florida, Jay, FL

Thankful for colleagues who have a passion for what they do! It makes the team so much better. 
Thankful for technology which allows increased opportunity to share the results from our work. 

Jim Brosnan, Ph.D.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

I’m very thankful for having support to pursue my work in the turf industry - both from my family at home and my team of staff and students at UT. 

Rick Tegtmeier
Des Moines Golf and Country Club, West Des Moines, IA

112819tegtmeier.jpgI am very thankful for the long term, committed employees that work their jobs tiredlessly and are always here. Obviously being able to have a holiday and all of our family is close to share it with Sherry and me. I really appreciate my friends and colleagues in the turf business who you can turn if you need help or a kind word.

Beth Guertal, Ph.D.
Auburn University, Auburn, AL

The health and love of my family.
Beautiful sunny days standing on a sward of Turfgrass.
Canned cranberry sauce.

Edited by John Reitman

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