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Thompson teesoff "Alabama's Golf Insider" teesoff Thompson teesoff 2.16.17 In recognition of the milestone of recently reaching my 200th issue, I'm pleased to offer a special "Lifetime" subscription offer of $100 for 10 years of issues! That's right, this special offer is available now and will mean you won't have to pay $30 annually, but rather a one-time payment of $100 for up to 10 years of issues. This option is available when you click the Subscribe Now! button. Click our Icon to Subscribe! I'm sure Russell Redford wouldn't mind me say- ing that he turns 70 this year and could be enjoying retirement after a successful career as a golf profes- sional, both on the club side (private and public) and golf facility management. He was the Head Golf Professional at New Orleans C.C. from 1978-88, worked for the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail from 1992 to 2004, ran the First Tee of Alabama Birmingham Chapter, formed his own golf course management group, Redford Golf Group, and has done consulting work for Troon Golf. Yes, he's had a full career, but won't be slowing down any time soon. Redford isn't the retiring type and has thrown himself into the establishing the Patriot Shootout of Alabama, which benefits the Folds of Honor, and will be March 26-27 at Greystone Golf & Coun- try Club, with the golf over their Founders Course. "I didn't need another job, I needed a new pur- pose. I wanted to give back," Redford told me when I met with him recently. It was the first time we had seen each other since 2005…way too long. He shared that his father, a World War II vet, was in ailing health some years ago and Redford desired to spend more time with him. "It was 2005. Dad lived in Houston and I was doing management contract work. I was tired of traveling for work and decided to slow things down. I made many trips to Houston to be with my father." On one such visit he recon- nected, on his way back home, with Frank Gumpert, the Director of Sales at the LSU University Club in Baton Rouge and former Direc- tor of Golf at the Country Club of Louisiana. "Frank had called me and told me he wanted to show me an event in Baton Rouge he was The Inaugural Patriot Shootout of Alabama Greystone Founders Course No. 18 Greystone Founders Course No. 7

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