Woodward had compiled a list of potential replacements in case the rock
crumbled. But, he says, "she came through. I saw she had a real sense of
urgency and follow-through, and she was hungry enough to keep up that level of
intensity. She and Bill put on a pretty darned good Buick."
At last February's
GCSAA convention in Atlanta, Woodward took Combs to dinner, formally offered
her the $60,000-a-year position, then announced the news to her fellow supers.
"Everybody clapped and came up to me," she says. "I guess it was a
pretty big deal."
Combs savors the
challenge. "We are expected to produce the best," she says. "I may
have come from a more mom-and-pop approach, but I'm good at change. I feel as
if I'm having to prove myself every day, and I think we're on the right
If all goes well a
year from June, more than grass might grow. "If some young woman or little
girl watching on television hears my name and that I'm the super at Torrey
Pines, that will filter down," Combs says. "It might plant the seed
that they can do this too."