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Equipment technician Alfred Lee says he has a relationship with the machines he uses to maintain the Forest Hills Golf Course.  Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
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Equipment technician Alfred Lee says he has a relationship with the machines he uses to maintain the Forest Hills Golf Course.

"Work on the quality, and the quantity will come."

Alfred Lee's motto has never steered him wrong.

The 62-year-old equipment technician at Forest Hills Golf Club has always had a strict maintenance regime.

He checks the slack in the chain on large leaf blowers so often he calls it "changing the oil."

One 10-year-old trap rake machine has lasted 5,462 hours; a feat Mr. Lee says even the manufacturer found surprising.

He treats his equipment like it's his own and has a special relationship with the machines.

"The machine talks to me about the operator," he said after figuring out one worker turned right more often than left.

He has even jerry-rigged a few machines.

"You find things that you have to do to prolong the life of it," he said.

But as much as he tries to take care of his equipment, some do break down or kick the bucket.

"I get a feeling, and I know it's time to let it out the door," he said. "A lot in life with this stuff is just good common sense."

Mr. Lee's hands usually stay dirty with oil and grease.

"If I take a three- or four-day vacation, my hands get clean," he said. "I use Gojo, and sometimes I have to use steel wool, because it gets embedded in my skin."

Mr. Lee has been in the business for more than 40 years, 23 of them at Forest Hills, which he believes makes him the oldest greenskeeper in Augusta. Although he had hip-replacement surgery in 2003, Mr. Lee keeps working and doesn't see retiring in his future just yet.

"The only time I sit down a little bit is to rest my back, but something will come about and get me busy again. I'm not going to be a front-porch kind of guy watching people go by, that's for sure."

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sneaky pete
sneaky pete 04/13/08 - 08:01 pm
Go get em Alfred. Now if only

Go get em Alfred. Now if only you and Red could figure out how to make my golf swing better...any machine for that?? Stay away from them snakes!! You know them pythons ain't nothing but copperheaded watter rattlers! Seriously, class man with a world of knowledge. He can fix anything but a broken heart, and he's got glue for that.

Jen2803 04/13/08 - 10:24 pm
Hi Alfred it's about time

Hi Alfred it's about time someone showed what a hard worker you are. Of course anyone who knows you knew that already but at least everyone else knows now.

Rose 04/14/08 - 09:49 am
Alfred is the best.We have

Alfred is the best.We have been married for 41 yrs.He has rescued many snakes at his job, and turned them loose in the woods.He even found a sick hawk and took it to the vet.

KSL 04/14/08 - 11:07 am
You go, Alfred. Enjoyed the

You go, Alfred. Enjoyed the full article and pictures in the paper.

Rose 04/14/08 - 01:29 pm
Alfred sitting and watching

Alfred sitting and watching people? No way would he do that. hahahaha. He would be talking to them. That is what first attracted me to him because I was shy, and did not have to think of what to say.He never meets a stranger.

The Madame
The Madame 04/14/08 - 07:07 pm
It is really nice to see an

It is really nice to see an article about a really good person. It is so refreshing! Go Alfred!

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