As he sifted through what amounted to 27 years of memories, Ken Mangum, CGCS, particularly enjoyed what was inside a folder.
Mangum, who officially retires tomorrow as director of golf courses and grounds at Atlanta Athletic Club, has spent part of his final days strolling down memory lane. The journey includes an office that houses so much of his past, such as that folder, which the contents he holds near and dear.
Perhaps the most touching one for Mangum was a note that came via email.
"It was from a supplier who was part of a construction project back in 2002, 2003, who said he just wanted me to know the thank-you note I sent to him back then was the only one he had gotten in 40 years," Mangum says. "In this day of automation, you've still got to take the time to do thank-you notes."
Mangum, 62, has numerous noteworthy accomplishments since he started in September 1988 at Atlanta Athletic Club. They include the 1990 Women's U.S. Open, 2001 and 2011 PGA Championships, 2002 U.S. Junior Amateur and 2014 U.S. Amateur. Earlier this year, Mangum was inducted into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame. That made him only the third superintendent (joining Palmer Maples Jr., CGCS Retired, and Mark Esoda, CGCS) to be honored by that hall of fame.