OGA-OGCSA Superintendent Spotlight – June 2018

In this month’s Superintendent Spotlight we feature Kyle Watt, who is in his second year with Awbrey Glen Golf Club.

Describe your facility in 10 words or less:
Private member owned parkland style golf course.

What is a little-known fact / fun fact about your facility?
Our well for irrigation water is almost 1000 ft deep.

What is your best 18-hole score at your facility?
Over par

What’s the biggest challenge your facility presents to you as superintendent?
Trees, thatch and seedheads.

What led you down the path of becoming a superintendent?
Worked at a golf course since the age of 14 and continued to work toward becoming a superintendent.

Do you have a superintendent dog?
Yes – Gage, an 11-year-old Golden Retriever who is our semi-retired goose chaser and sprinkler inspector.

Ducks, Beavers or other?

Grapes, hops or milkshake?

Tiger or Phil?

Jack or Arnie?

What’s your favorite tool in your tool box?
Paint Gun

Excluding your current facility, what is your favorite golf course?
Fazio Course at Pronghorn

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve witnessed or done as a superintendent?
Accidentally got Troy Aikman wet when running sprinklers.

What’s your favorite major tournament?
U.S. Open

Let’s say there’s a three-day weekend coming up—what are you going to do?
Fly Fish

What would you invent right now to make your professional life easier?
A machine to clone great employees.

If you could change a Rule of Golf to make your life easier, what would that be?
Hazards don’t need to be marked.

If your owner decided to plow up your course and make it a farm. What crops would you suggest?
Winter Wheat

How much sand do you accidentally take home in your socks over the course of a year?
Enough to fill my kids sandbox.

Who is your idol in the golf world?
Was Payne Stewart

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone wanting to become a superintendent?
Anything worth doing is worth doing right.