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The day’s agenda also made a strong impression on Martin Aubrey, 15. “I am interested in aerospace engi-neering,” he said, “and had been study-ing a CAD (computer-aided drawing) machine at school. I wondered how it worked in building golf courses. It’s interesting to me how it goes from the drawing board to the machine to the golf course.” Eckenrode was joined by two other Lakeside GC professionals, General Manager Lance Sabella and Superinten-dent Robert Hertzing. During lunch, Sabella talked about the nature of his work and revealed that the PGA Tour isn’t the only avenue to a career in the world of golf. Hertzing helped lead the golf course tour and revealed many LAKESIDE SUPERINTENDENT ROBERT HERTZING TALKED TO THE PARTICIPANTS ABOUT GOLF COURSE MAINTENANCE. interesting facts behind the mainte-nance of a course, such as how many sprinklers (2,700) will be on the course and how much the fairway lawnmower might cost ($60,000 plus $5,000 per year in maintenance!). When Sabella spoke about the many facets of managing a private club and the challenges he faces every day, a light went on in Kristin Grimes, 19. In a subsequent essay, she wrote that the field trip “taught me about the different jobs that golf has to offer. It was there that the idea of managing a country club struck me. I love golf, and business management is something I am really interested in, so now it is my goal.” Lakeside GC members were also on hand to discuss their careers – in business, finance, law, insurance and real estate – while participating in a Big Break-style contest with the juniors. This is the essence of G.A.M.E. (Golf Awareness Education and Mentoring), which incorporates golf and interaction with members, and is equally concerned with mentoring, edu-cation and information about various career options. The program has made a positive impact on Chryar, who graduated from Mira Costa High and played on the golf team. “It has helped my social skills,” he said, “and I think it has made me a better student.” That’s precisely why Dan Cimino, an SCGA Foundation board member and the G.A.M.E. Committee chair-man, volunteered for the program. “I played a lot of golf as a youth and ben-efited from a lot of junior programs,” he said. “I wanted to do something to give back. “We are using the game of golf to change their lives overall. I think the game does that already. We are just try-ing to go deeper with it.” Along for the field trip were young people from the First Tee programs of AARON GRIMES CHATS WITH A LAKESIDE MEMBER DURING LUNCH. MICHAEL PADILLA OF CARSON GOT TO HOP UP ON A TRACTOR IN THE MAINTENANCE SHED. Los Angeles, South Los Angeles and Pasadena, plus the Tiger Woods Learn-ing Center in Anaheim. The two-year-old G.A.M.E. program gives juniors access to private country clubs – Bel-Air, Los Angeles, Hacienda, Sherwood and Hillcrest, for example, in addition to Lakeside. “Once clubs participate, they ask when the Foundation can come back,” Foundation Executive Director Kevin Gigax said. “The program has been very well-received.” And, in the case of the teenagers on the recent field trip, the career enlight-enment they received was appreciated equally as much. Learn more about the SCGA Foundation at www.scga.org/foundation 53 SCGA.ORG S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 011 | FORE Magazine |

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