Life is about what we give to others and volunteering is just that, putting our best efforts forward to help others. The highlight of the US Women’s Open at The Olympic Club for me was meeting all these amazing women and all the gentlemen that welcomed us with open arms. I also learned that there are things that I can be doing better and more efficiently in my reel grinding schedule. What we put into life willingly comes back tenfold.
My favorite golfer is the one that says “Dang Super, you have an outstanding technician in the shop, don’t you?!”
The turf industry used to be a man’s world that some of us lived in. What we aspire to attain is a more balanced workforce. Women are the exact thing that a game of detail and precision needs. Our attention to detail and drive are our hallmarks. Because it has been a man’s world, we have always had to present ourselves with a chip on our shoulders and a fire in our bellies to prove them wrong. Bringing passion and compassion to staff can change everything for a facility.
The challenge can present itself in many ways. Due to our push to prove them wrong about us, we can come off as arrogant or even seem too strong. Women and men don’t always find the same things at the top of the priority list. Instead of head butting, this should start passionate discussions so each can freely express their reasons for their priority item. I can only speak about my personal experience as an Equipment Manager, but I have had many instances where my ideas and suggestions to push the golf program forward have been disregarded as I am “Expecting too much” or “Too focused” on things like cleanliness, safety, and training. Standing firm can be one of the hardest things in a room full of men, especially if they have years of experience. However, new and fresh thoughts and ideas are the only way we move forward as an industry.
I had a little bit of free time to talk with John Pollock from Rain Bird one evening. We had a great conversation concerning the event, the women, and the impact that this event had on each of us. Needless to say, I shed several tears with John reflecting on an incredible week that will forever be the moment I truly realized what we were striving for. I couldn’t thank him and Rain Bird enough for making my monumental experience become a reality. There is a huge possibility that I wouldn’t have been able to attend without the financial support from Rain Bird and all the other sponsors, so thank you!