Born in the small south Texas town of Gonzales, I was fortunate to begin playing golf on the small nine hole public course at the age of five. My parents both played golf so it was natural for me.
Upon graduation from Texas A&M University with a BS degree in Turfgrass Science, I began my career by accepting the position of Golf Course Superintendent at Riverhill Club in Kerrville, Texas. Managing bentgrass greens that far south propelled advancements in my career. The most significant value to my first position was that legendary golfer Byron Nelson was a part owner. I saw and learned first hand what a true gentleman of golf he was and how he conducted himself. From there I joined the the Austin Country Club, Pete Dye designed, team. Not only did I have the opportunity to work closely with Golf Digest’s Teacher of the Century, Harvey Penick, within two years the course gained the #3 Golf Digest rating in the state of Texas. A term at Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas, Texas completing a successful total renovation of the course was my last position in my home state of Texas before I was recruited to manage suburban Chicago’s Wynstone Golf Club, a top 100 Jack Nicklaus design. As Director of Special Projects at the Kiawah Island Club, our team revived the failing conditions at the Tom Watson designed Cassique course. From near death and deplorable turf conditions to a Top 100 Modern Course rating within 18 months was a highlight of my career as our team help salvage the 100 million dollar property. For 17 years I served as Director of Golf Course Operations at Northmoor CC on the North Shore of Chicago before accepting a position with Discovery Land Company to build a golf course in the West Indies on the island of Barbuda.
Recently I formed Witt Golf to share my career golf course management experience offering numerous services in the golf industry. I am also the Vice President of Executive Golf Search to utilize my career-long network to assists golf facilities with professional searches for Golf Course Superintendents, Golf Professionals, General Managers and Assistant Superintendents. Balancing work, family and volunteer service has been a career long priority for me. Bentgrass management in the south can command 70 to 80 hour work weeks for months on end. Professional volunteer service was a high priority and interest for me from the beginning of my career culminating with my having the honor of serving and leading GCSAA as the association’s President. I vowed never to lose sight of my family as my top priority. We made every minute count.
Any achievements and success that I have enjoyed in my career could not have been possible without the contributions of my fellow team members and staff. These men and women accepted responsibility and gave tremendous efforts to our programs so that we could deliver attention to detail, elevate playing conditions, complete projects and met employer and golfer expectations. Most of all, the efforts of these assistants afforded me the opportunity to spend time with family and volunteer service.