John Gurule is a Colorado native born in Pagosa Springs, Colorado where he began his golf course maintenance career. John started out as a mechanic for Fairfield Communities back in the 80’s. In 1985 John and his wife Vanessa moved to Flagstaff Arizona to pursue his career in turf management at Forest Highlands, which is one of the most prestigious golf courses in Arizona. Shortly thereafter he was promoted to Assistant Golf Course Superintendent. In 1994 John moved his family back to Colorado to further his career as a Golf Course Superintendent in Ridgway Colorado at Fairway Pines Golf Club. Not only was John the Golf Course Superintendent but he also served the membership as the clubs General Manager for the last 3 years he was employed at Fairway Pines. In 2015 John and his wife moved to Wichita to work for Terradyne County Club. John’s vast knowledge of the golf course industry has earned him many praises and he is loved by all who cross his path. John is an avid snowmobiler and loves to shoot trap and skeet. He was ranked 5th in the state of Colorado by the Colorado Trap Association. Johns pride and joy are his two grandchildren - Dominick (5) and Wyatt (4 months old).
Bill was born in Wichita, Kansas but moved to Texas and graduated from Perrin-Whitt High School in Perrin, Texas. He moved back to Kansas to attend Kansas Wesleyan University and then back to Texas to attend Weatherford College. He served in the U.S. Army from March of 1989 to February of 1995. He served during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. Bill started working at Terradyne Country Club as golf course assistant superintendent in August of 1995.
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AIM SMALL, MISS SMALL
Quite often when I am playing with members I see them make a good swing with good contact and miss the fairway by twenty yards. Confused, they will look at me and ask what happened. When I ask what they were aiming at, it is amazing how often they reply, “The fairway”. While it seems like a good concept, aiming into a 35 yard wide fairway is not nearly as precise as we need to be. There seems to be an intimidation that settles in on a golfer when I tell them to aim at a branch/sign/etc. in the distance. “I can’t hit that exact line, I’m not good enough”. We don’t have to hit that exact line, but if we can aim at a small target and miss that by a little bit, you will be in much better shape that just aiming at a huge fairway and missing that. Hence the term “Aim small, miss small”.
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