Joanne Norell | July 2, 2019
If it weren’t for football, former Notre Dame defensive lineman Tony Springmann might never have stepped foot on a golf course.
Now a Turfgrass Operations Specialist at Notre Dame’s Warren Golf Course, Springmann can’t imagine spending the bulk of his time anywhere else. This weekend’s U.S. Senior Open, where the fruits of years of labor finally came to bear, provided a highlight of what he hopes to be a long career caring for peaceful stretches of green.
Springmann’s journey from the football field to golf course maintenance is an unlikely one.
“I had no interest in golf,” he starts by saying.
Once an all-state offensive tackle from Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Springmann joined the Fighting Irish football program in the fall of 2011. His first two seasons passed innocuously enough, serving as a practice squad player as a freshman and making 13 appearances as a reserve as a sophomore.
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