Garden City Telegram Pro-Am 2013 Special Section - page 5

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Preparing the Buffalo Dunes Golf Course for the upcoming Southwest Kansas Pro-Am is the full-time
staff that includes, left to right, Sam Marlin, head superintendent Toby Witthuhn, Mike Mathias, Chad
Manning, Ross Miller and Kim Jacques. The Pro-Am activities begin on Wednesday with the Ladies Pro-
Am at the Dunes.
By KEVIN THOMPSON
To many golfers, they are as
unnoticeable as a desk clerk to a
hotel guest.
But without groundskeepers,
the golfing experience wouldn’t
be as great on Garden City’s two
award-winning courses.
While seasonal summer work-
ers disappear when school starts,
the full-time workers remain the
consistent faces year round.
And while the Pro-Am in
August may garner the most
exposure for each course, those
full-timers are working around
the calendar.
Toby Witthuhn has five full-
time employees at the public
Buffalo Dunes course, while Casey
Sullivan has eight at the private
Golf Club at Southwind.
Both superintendents agree
their full-timers are invaluable.
Buffalo Dunes
Witthuhn’s crew has varied
and specific jobs, all of which
revolve around chemicals, equip-
ment and aesthetics.
With all the variety of duties
spread among his employees,
Witthuhn said he is not a micro-
manager, trusting instead in the
people he has hired.
When that trust manifests
itself depends on the type of job.
“As far as them just going
out and working, I don’t micro-
manage hardly at all once they
See Crew, Page 17
Maintenance crews
are critical to success
of Dunes, Southwind
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