Waddle 9-Hole Superintendent of the Year
By Susan Thompson
Brandon Waddle, Panorama West Golf Course superintendent, received the 9-hole Superintendent of the Year award January 16 from the Iowa Golf Course Superintendents Association. The award was presented at the 85thannual Iowa Turfgrass Conference and Trade Show held at the Prairie Meadows Event Center.
Waddle has spent more than 20 years working on Lake Panorama golf courses. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture. In 1998, he was hired as the assistant grounds superintendent at Lake Panorama National.
In 2013, the Lake Panorama Association moved management of the Panorama West golf course under the LPN umbrella, and Waddle was named grounds superintendent.
Waddle was nominated for the award by John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN director of operations. “Under Brandon’s care, the Panorama West course conditions have flourished,” he said. “In particular, Brandon did an outstanding job managing the Panorama West Golf Course in 2018.”
Rutledge said in addition to the weather challenges of the past season, Waddle managed both an irrigation installation project and the installation of concrete cart paths. This and other work on the course was made possible by the 2017 estate gift of more than $473,000 from Jim and Joyce McLuen.
“Brandon was a key liaison with contractors for the irrigation and cart path projects,” Rutledge said. “He worked hard to keep the course open during construction. At the same time, he kept the course in great shape despite all of the projects, and he continues to play an integral role in all restoration. Brandon has a genuine passion for the care of our Panorama West Golf Course and we're proud to have him as our superintendent.”
Celebrating with Waddle at the awards presentation were his wife, Jaime, and their three daughters. Also in attendance were his mother Boni Waddle; Maureen Lubeck, Panorama West clubhouse manager; Dan Wollner, Lake Panorama National grounds superintendent; and Rutledge.