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October 24, 2013

After 27 years at Westwood, Lisle transitioning into next golfing chapter

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NORMAN —

Lisle deflected credit.

“The only reason we’ve been successful is I’ve had a great staff surrounding me,” he said.

As Lisle prepares his exit, others will prepare for life at the course beyond his exit, though how that will play out is not entirely clear.

Wednesday afternoon, Foster told The Transcript that several golf shop management models would be reviewed, the first three among them being the contracted professional, in which the head pro owns and operates the golf shop (the model under which Lisle has worked); city ownership of the golf shop; and the possibility of bringing in a management group to run the shop and the course.

Foster chose not to handicap each option, yet intimated the current model has worked very well the last 27 years.

“I would expect that we’ll have a smooth transition in January,” he said.

Staff at the course has an interest in the current model remaining the model, and not only because it’s the one in which they’re most likely to keep their job, but also because they believe it’s served the course and the city well.

“We hope something doesn’t happen. We hope we’re not all gone, and that wouldn’t be good for the course either,” said Jim Taylor, who’s worked in Westwood’s golf shop the last seven years. “If they tried to farm it out to a management company or whatever, that would be a big negative. I think everybody here hopes that it’s status quo and that they get somebody in here we’re as comfortable with as David.”

What kind of a guy is that?

“He introduces himself and shakes hands, he doesn’t make anybody mad and he doesn’t ignore anybody,” Nelson said. “He’s the same with everybody that comes in. He’s just a good guy.”

At the very least, Westwood should have a guy like that for another 83 days.

Clay Horning

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