Director of Agronomy at St. James Plantation in Southport, North Carolina, Conrad Broussard, has been named the 2013 Superintendent of the Year by Troon, the global leader in golf course management, development and marketing. Troon has managed club and golf operations at St. James since 2005. Conrad received the annual award at Troon’s Leadership Conference held in Scottsdale, Arizona in January.
Broussard is responsible for the upkeep and grooming of 81 holes of golf, 1.5 miles of fairways, 10 acres of greens, 300 sand traps, 250 acres of protected wetlands and more than 70 score-wrecking hazards at St. James. He joined the St. James Plantation team in 1997 after earning a degree in turf management from Horry County Community College in Myrtle Beach. He assumed his present position when Troon took over golf operations ten years later.
“Year in and year out, our courses rank with the best on the Carolina coast in terms of conditioning and playability,” said Alan Deck, St. James’s General Manager. “Conrad deserves the lion’s share of the credit for that. Most superintendents only have 18 holes to take care of. Conrad’s got 81. He might be the hardest-working man in golf,”
Keeping 81 holes in top notch condition keeps Broussard running, but he wouldn’t have it any other way. “i’d probably be bored to tears if I had to go back to just an 18-hole course,” Conrad said.
St. James Plantation features four courses by 4 different designers-The Reserve by the Nicklaus Design Group, The Members Club by Hale Irwin, The Founders Club by P.B. Dye and The Players Club by Tim Cate generating close to 170,000 rounds a year, more than any other private golf community in North Carolina.
“The challenge of doing that many rounds and keeping all four courses in great condition all year round. I don’t know how he does it,” Dave Kjome, Director of Golf. ” He has to have a magic wand.
Broussard grew up in West Texas dreaming of a career on the PGA Tour. Good enough to play on the Texas Tech golf team Conrad realized he was not good enough to play professionally, He and wife Tanya moved to North Carolina in the 1990s and have been married over 20 years and have two children. Congratulations Conrad!