A terrific trio

The 2017 MVT finalists represent the best of the equipment management profession.

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Lading Manning

Kurt Lading from Indian Hills Country Club in Mission Hills, Kan. (left), and Trent Manning from Ansley Golf Club in Atlanta.


Blas Huezo isn’t the only equipment manager who will fondly remember the 2017 Most Valuable Technician Award program. The two other finalists — Kurt Lading from Indian Hills Country Club in Mission Hills, Kan., and Trent Manning from Ansley Golf Club in Atlanta — have plenty to be proud of as well.

A U.S. Navy veteran who picked up a lifetime of real-world experience during his service, Lading has taken his background and applied it to his job as the equipment manager at Indian Hills in suburban Kansas City. According to superintendent Jeff White, CGCS, the shop at Indian Hills reflects that military precision, and Lading has been diligent in pursuing educational opportunities to further his skill sets. “He goes the extra mile to make sure the fleet is operating safely, and performs his duties exceptionally well,” White says of the three-year GCSAA member.

Courtney Young, CGCS, doesn’t mince words when speaking about Manning, saying, “He is the most valuable member of my team.” Manning’s tenure at Ansley goes back 22 years, but seven years ago, he assumed responsibilities over all the club’s equipment at its two 18-hole golf courses, located 27 miles apart in metro Atlanta. In that time, the three-year GCSAA member has mentored three others who’ve gone on to become head equipment managers at other golf courses, and he’s shared that mentoring ethos with other equipment managers in the Southeast, as well as at the national level as an active member on GCSAA’s Equipment Manager Task Group.

For being selected as MVT finalists, both Lading and Manning will receive a certificate acknowledging their accomplishment, as well as a complimentary full-pack registration for an upcoming Golf Industry Show.


Scott Hollister is GCM’s editor-in-chief.

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