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June 04, 2000|By Lowell E. Sunderland

Name: Kyle Warfield

Job description: General manager and head PGA pro, the Timbers at Troy, the only Howard County-owned golf course. Employed by Kemper Sports Management, a Chicago firm that manages 47 golf courses nationally, including the 3-year-old, 18-hole course in Elkridge under contract to the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks. Responsible for program planning, day-to-day management, directing 11 year-round employees and a staff that peaks at 70. Course revenue tops $2 million a year.

Age: 32

Residence: Frederick; planning move to Howard County.

Personal: Frederick native, graduate of Thomas Johnson High School, Frederick Community College. "Picked up golf relatively late, at 15." Came to Timbers in 1998 as assistant, promoted to G.M. and head pro April 1. Was a scratchgolfer, "but since I got into management, it's now in the mid-70s." Married, one daughter.

Best part of the job: "As they say, location, location, location. This course is a place people like to play. We've been operating at a pretty high level almost since Day 1 - about 50,000 rounds of golf a year, and we can accommodate more. We're committed to providing a quality, upscale product at a reasonable cost... ."

Biggest challenge in the job: "Managing employees, as in any business. But the challenge is running the facility so that there is no cost to Howard County government by providing programs the public wants and needs. We've been successful, and we want to continue in that direction."

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