The Neosho Municipal Golf Course recently underwent a change in management, when the City of Neosho took over operation of the course on March 1.
With that change of hands, a new leader was brought in to handle the day-to-day operations at the 18-hole course.
Maron Towse, a Pierce, Colo., native, began his duties as golf course superintendent about two weeks ago, and so far, he says the transition is going well.
“I’m getting used to the course and everything, it’s going pretty smooth,” Towse said. “I’ve got a bunch of good guys out here.”
Towse has been working in the golf industry since 2005, and most recently served as an assistant at the Cassville Golf Club.
A graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in turf management, Collins said he followed his career to Missouri, and when the Neosho position opened up, decided to pursue the step up in his career. Now, a few weeks into his new position, he already sees the direction he would like to take the Neosho golf course.
“I’d like the greens to be in better condition, and I would like to have full T-sheets, get more people around the course,” Towse said. “And just stay as one of the best public courses in the area.”
While the newly city-run course has gotten a few touch-ups, including a new gold and black paint job in the pro shop, Towse says regular golfers should still enjoy the same golfing experience when visiting the course this season.
“For this year, we’re going to try to do what they’ve done before, no real changes,” Towse said.
He did note, however, that the pro-shop would cut down on their product variety, keeping the essentials such as balls and gloves and eliminating the pricier items such as golf clubs and shoes.
Troy Royer, Neosho City Manager, said Justin Beck, who had formerly operated the city’s course on a contractual basis, had also owned the merchandise offered in the pro-shop.
“We’re starting a clean slate,” Royer said, noting that all merchandise had to be re-ordered. “We will not sell clubs, bags or that type of stuff at this time. We’re going to bring it back down to an affordable rate.”
While the city has filled several of the golf course positions, there are still a few open spots remaining.
Towse said the course would likely be hiring part-time help for the busy season, which runs from May to August.
While Towse has worked on a number of courses and sees some improvements he would like to make to the Neosho course, he also noted a difference between the Neosho course and those he has worked at in the past.
Page 2 of 2 - “The difference is it’s a municipality and you get more play at municipalities than what I’ve been at before, so that’s different for me,” Towse said.