Dalrymple takes reins at golf club

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George Dalrymple will be the first to tell you that he isn't the best golfer in Steamboat Springs.

The 68-year-old didn't even pick up the game until 1994, shortly after he retired from his job as a geophysicist with Exxon.

He moved Steamboat in 1999 with his wife, Joan, and has since been a regular on the fairways of the Steamboat Golf Club. Unfortunately for Dalrymple, the extra time on the tee box hasn't resulted in a lower score.

"I'm very keen on the game, but I'm a very poor golfer," he said.

Nonetheless, he has developed an interest in the club's affairs.

Since joining the club in 1999, Dalrymple has been a regular at the club's board meetings. He was elected to the board in 2002 and this year was named general manager after longtime pro Dennis Johnson stepped down at the end of last season.

"I've agreed to act as the club's general manager during this transition," Dalrymple said.

He is hoping that his experience with Exxon will help him keep the club running smoothly until it can find a new pro to take Johnson's place.

Dalrymple said he would stay in the position for two years.

The club experienced several unforeseen expenses last year, which would have made it difficult to hire a new pro for the 2003 season, he said.

"My job will be to run the club's day-to-day operations," Dalrymple said. "I will arrange tee times, stock and run the pro shop.

He stressed that this will be a transition for the club and that he is not looking at it as a long-term position.

He hopes his vast experience in the business world will help him make sure the club remains strong in the future.

Dalrymple's heavy accent is the result of growing up in Scotland. He spent 30 years living in the Houston and traveled extensively while working for Exxon. He has been married for 39 years.

The course is now open and offering spring rates, $18 for nine holes or $27 for 18 holes. Punch passes and memberships are also available.

The nine-hole Steamboat Golf Club was founded in 1964 and is Steamboat's oldest golf club.

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