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A Debt of Gratitude

Greetings Golfers,
A few days ago - September 13 - was “Thank a Golf Course Superintendent Day”. 
Some of the golf magazines had articles about why and how to thank a GC Super.
That’s a good thing. Too often they get taken for granted … or are subjected to petty abuse and nit-picking.
As most Minnesota golfers know … we at DRGC have one of the best.
Every year, he pulls it off. And this year is the best ever. The golf course is ridiculously good. I hear about it every day. I wish he would hear it too … he deserves the compliments.
Who am I talking about? … I just presumed you knew … his name is Barry Provo … and he’s been here for over 20 years. And … he better stay for another 20 … in fact, he can NEVER leave. 
Supers have to be artists and scientists. They have to manage a staff and a budget. They have to be a leader and a hands-on worker. They have to have an innate sense of the land … and yet keep up with the constant changes in the industry.
They have to be “all-in”.
Well … Barry is beyond “all-in”. It’s unbelievable what he does and what he accomplishes.
But he doesn’t do it alone. He has a great staff that should be acknowledged. Here they are:
  • Paul Bickel

  • Sam Brammer

  • Dean Clark

  • Gordy Davis

  • Ryan DeBenedetto

  • Ethan Erickson

  • Calvin Green

  • Sonny Jerkins

  • Lee Metzger

  • Zach Reiff

  • Grant Paulson

  • Ryan Scrivner

  • Chase Snedeker

  • Mike Stannard

  • Brian Tjenstrom

When you see Barry and/or his staff … please thank them for providing such a beautiful and playable golf course.
They certainly deserve our thanks. You may have missed thanking them on the official day … but that’s ok … if you thank them every time you see them in September … it will almost balance-the-scales.
Tom Abts
GM/Head PGA Professional
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