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19th Hole: Grant Suderman

By |  February 13, 2024 0 Comments
Grant Suderman

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Grant Suderman

Golf Course Superintendent // Loch Lloyd CC, Village of Loch Lloyd, Mo.

Grant, drinks are on me … what are you having? I’m a social golfer, so I’ve already had a solid day. I’m due for a Liquid I.V., or, if we’re still going, I’ll have a Busch Light.

Tell me about your family. Me and my wife, Blake, have been married for two years now. We have one son, Tatum, who just turned one. And we have another one, a girl, on the way this summer. We enjoy sports. We’re both Kansas State people. We enjoy golfing whenever we have time as well. Tatum is into everything; he’s learning to walk; climbing up the stairs; throwing his food everywhere.

What would you like us to know about Loch Lloyd CC? We’re a thriving, younger community when it comes to the private club side of things. I’m biased, but I would play our championship course over any other area course. We have a really great layout. It’s a Tom Watson redesign and it’s a really special spot to be.

Who are your teams? I grew up in Garnett, Kan., so I associate with Kansas City. K-State, Chiefs, Royals and I root for Team USA when they’re playing.

What is the best thing about being a Wildcat? There are no seasons off for us — we’re pretty good all-around with basketball and football. The best thing about us is our future. You look at our coaches and who we have at quarterback? It’s a great time to be a ’Cat.

Do you have a most memorable day at work? I was the assistant at Kansas City CC for seven years prior to coming here. I remember coming into the golf course pretty early in the morning, and there were lights out on the course. I knew it wasn’t a golf cart. All of a sudden it took off. It’s a car! I jumped in my cart to go after it. Someone had stolen a vehicle and they were joyriding across the course. They couldn’t get out because (the course) is all fenced in. They went over a green, then wrecked through a bunker and crashed into a bridge. By then, the cops showed up and he’s on foot. Let’s just say I didn’t need a coffee that morning.

Next time I’m in your area, aside from seeing the course, what should I do? Grab drinks at Martin City Brewing Co. That’s a fun spot. They have some great stouts. And there’s a Joe’s KC over here, so you have to grab barbecue.

Who would be in your dream foursome? It would be so much fun. I got into golf because I grew up around golf. It was my dad who got me into the game. It would have to be my dad. And then I’d say Patrick Mahomes and Tiger Woods. Those are my guys. That would be a good day.

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About the Author: Seth Jones

Seth Jones, a 18-year veteran of the golf industry media, is Editor-in-Chief of Golfdom magazine and Athletic Turf. A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Jones began working for Golf Course Management in 1999 as an intern. In his professional career he has won numerous awards, including a Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) first place general feature writing award for his profile of World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman and a TOCA first place photography award for his work covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In his career, Jones has accumulated an impressive list of interviews, including such names as George H.W. Bush, Samuel L. Jackson, Lance Armstrong and Charles Barkley. Jones has also done in-depth interviews with such golfing luminaries as Norman, Gary Player, Nick Price and Lorena Ochoa, to name only a few. Jones is a member of both the Golf Writers Association of America and the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association. Jones can be reached at sjones@northcoastmedia.net.


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