As 2014 comes to a close, we are highlighting those who made an impact in the world of golf course maintenance this year. From having a “Tough Chin” to eating “Humble Pie” to “Seeing Into the Future,” these individuals stand out.
Matt Henkel, the golf course superintendent at PrairieView Golf Club in Byron, Illinois, was inspired to give back to the organization that helped him when he was recuperating from surgery to remove a brain tumor.
The Wee One Foundation is charitable organization founded on behalf of Wayne Otto, the popular Wisconsin superintendent who died of cancer in 2004, and assists golf course management professionals (or their dependents) who incur overwhelming expenses because of medical hardship.
Henkel received a generous donation from the Wee One Foundation when he had a brain tumor removed. Several years later, when the cancer returned, he underwent more surgery and 33 rounds of radiation treatment.
Last summer, he finally had the chance to hold a tournament at PrairieView to benefit the Wee One Foundation, raising about $6,000.