Correctional Facility Workers Aid in Course Renovations

When Lakeside Golf Course in Walters, Oklahoma, was in need of repair, the city turned to Lavern “Popcorn” Gwoompi, volunteer workers and inmates from a correctional facility. Gwoompi, a former city employee, was appointed by the city council to replace the former superintendent of Lakeside.

Dave Fuqua, Walters city manager, told The Lawton Constitution, “the place was a mess when [Gwoompi] took it over. The greens had rocks on them and sod that stuck higher in some areas than others,” but Gwoompi is making “incredible progress.” Renovation on the front nine is expected to be completed in early 2003. Then it will be on to the back nine. Also, the greens are being replaced with Tifeagle Bermuda grass – a more environmentally friendly grass that is resistant to drought and requires less chemicals.

Golf course members, as well as the Department of Corrections workers, have done most of the work. Gwoompi told The Lawton Constitution, “The Department of corrections workers have helped create a sod farm and have helped place new sod.” They have cut, sprigged, and fertilized the greens and trimmed trees.

Gwoompi told The Lawton Constitution, “It’s a nice course when it’s being taken care of. Folks just need to bear with the course – it will get better.”

For more information or a tee time at Lakeside, call 580/875-3829.