Assistant Superintendent Shawn Fopma has been on the staff for one year. Shawn was hired last spring as an intern, and was offered a full-time Assistant's position following the internship. Shawn's main responsibilities include working with current interns and helping Assistant Jim Sedrel supervise the seasonal maintenance staff. He is also leading our environmental effort by handling our IPM Planning Guide and Audubon certification.
Shawn is originally from Sully, Iowa, which is approximately one hour east of Wakonda. Shawn brings five years of golf course maintenance experience to Wakonda Club. Previously, he interned at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina and Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. While studying Turf Management at Iowa State University, Shawn was employed by Veenker Memorial Golf Course.
Shawn currently lives in West Des Moines. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf and basketball with his friends. He is also an Iowa football season ticket holder and attends many hawkeye wrestling meets.