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Breaking the Glass Ceiling
JEFF SILVERMAN
February 05, 2007
Having battled to the top in a man's world, Torrey Pines South course superintendent Candice Combs is on the verge of making history
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February 05, 2007

Breaking The Glass Ceiling

Having battled to the top in a man's world, Torrey Pines South course superintendent Candice Combs is on the verge of making history

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Meanwhile, 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 path."

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."

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