In Matthew Wharton's
case, an unexpected weekend meeting increased the size of his
Following the directions of his general manager, Wharton, the superintendent at Carolina Golf Club in Charlotte, N.C., entered the clubhouse, where members Chris Hughes and Ed Oden handed him a letter signed by 63 members.
The letter had a heart-skipping start: "You have been here 10 years ... and it is obvious you still don't know what you are doing..." The letter quickly turned congenial and led to a symbolic gesture, as Hughes and Oden lifted a tablecloth and unveiled a collection of 14 old turf books they acquired at an auction for Wharton
studied under Dave Chalmers at Virginia Tech
and keeps turf books in his
Chalmers' book collection always intrigued him.
"I will never forget the first time I spent significant time in his
office, just looking through books in his
"I still have a vivid recollection of that moment."
stares at his
office bookshelf, he
should have a vivid recollection of another moment - a pleasant clubhouse meeting.
"We all get into this business for a multitude of reasons, whether it's the love of the outdoors, a love of the game of golf, etc...
We all have that thing that motivates us," he