What are you doing tonight?
Chances are it is not quite as exciting as what GCSAA Class A superintendent Justin VanLanduit will be doing.
VanLanduit and his wife Erin are attending the NCAA Division I men's basketball championship game between Duke and Wisconsin at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. VanLanduit, who works at Briarwood Country Club in Deerfield, Ill., was the winner of a pair of tickets in a J.W. Turf promotion to drive interest in the John Deere 2500 Riding Greens Mower. J.W. Turf ran the promotion in conjunction with VGM Club, a member service organization that works with golf and country clubs nationwide.
"Never been to the Final Four. Definitely a new experience," VanLanduit told GCM by phone this afternoon as he and his wife were making the two-hour drive to the game. "It will be neat to be there just for the atmosphere."
VanLanduit, a 12-year member of the association, has worked at Briarwood CC, located on the North Shore of Chicago, since 2008. The facility opened for the season last Friday. What does he enjoy the most about working there?
"Each day is never the same thing. There is a new challenge every day," says VanLanduit, whose Twitter handle is @turftank.
As for tonight, the VanLanduits plan to enjoy the moment. After all, how often do you get to be there in person for the Final Four? An Illinois graduate, VanLanduit did not attend the school's national title game 10 years ago when Illinois fell to North Carolina in the 2005 championship game in St. Louis.
"We've been to NHL outdoor hockey games," VanLanduit says, "but this is really a new adventure for us."