10/4/2012 2:21:00 PM Nancy and pal at home on course
by Ken Haggerty
For over two decades Nancy Diepenbrock has been a fixture at the Cannon Golf Club, and for most of those years she has had a four-legged friend riding alongside her in her work cart and trailing along with her as she completes her daily duties.
Hired to work on the grounds crew, she has worked her way up to the position of assistant course superintendent.
"She's irreplaceable," said Course Superintendent Jeff Backstrom, who originally hired Diepenbrock and has worked with her all these years. "She can do any job, She's hard working and very dedicated. Nancy knows the operation inside and out."
It's a bonus that Diepenbrock is a dog lover. When a club member donated Presley, a border collie, to help keep geese (and their droppings) away from the golf course, Diepenbrock became the Club's official dog keeper and she has continued that job with Sam, the retriever/springer mix that has been with the Club for the last three-plus years.
"The dogs have done a great job with the geese, but I also think the members just enjoy seeing a dog they consider part of the 'family' out here on the course," said Diepenbrock.
Diepenbrock, who lives along Hwy. 52 south of Cannon Falls, was recognized by the Club for her years of service earlier this year.
Diepenbrock says getting to work outside in the course's beautiful location along the Cannon River is a treat. "Every year, I get to see young eagles being taught to fish by their parents. This fall I've been watching a pair of osprey hanging out around the course."