— Wayne Nooe will tell you that he's a detail guy and that he's persistent, which explains how a humble family man became a scratch golfer, how he helped build the local LPGA tournament into one of the best on tour, and as a kid how he finally got his dad to stop at the local Putt-Putt course.

He will tell you all of this graciously, if somewhat reluctantly. That's because he would rather allow weeds on his golf course and leave fence lines askew than talk about himself.

Nooe, tournament director of the Michelob Ultra Open, will talk all day about the people who work with him, who he says make his life easier and make him look good. The discussions are interrupted when he gets the itch to start crossing things off of one of his ever-present to-do lists.

"When we meet and exceed the expectations that people have for us," Nooe said, "it's a great feeling. I take a lot of personal pride in it, but I also take pride in the people that work here. I tend to be the representative of those people. I might hear more of the complaints and accolades, but I'm really a reflection of the staff. Without them, it wouldn't be anywhere near the experience that it is."

Nooe's efforts are on display again this week as the LPGA makes its annual stop at Kingsmill, where the 46-year-old native of Troy, N.C., oversees a small army of employees, volunteers and consultants.

Nooe's title is vice president of golf and club operations, which doesn't begin to convey his responsibilities.

When he isn't playing chief facilitator for the Mich Ultra Open or wearing the Kingsmill blazer on tournament Sunday, he is responsible for the resort's golf, tennis, marina, sports club, spa, camps, membership, merchandise, and golf maintenance and grounds.

"He's really an amazing golf professional," said Robin Carson, Kingsmill's executive vice president and managing director. "I would say he's an amazing professional. He's a terrific leader. He has a wonderful Southern gentility about him and he's able to make people around him comfortable.

"He serves as a significant leader of the overall resort, not just sports. There are a number of leaders here, but I seek his counsel quite a bit because he's very wise about the entire resort."

For someone who wears as many hats as Nooe, his office, and his desk are remarkably clean. The only things on his desk one morning last week were a lamp and a legal pad on top of a folder. He didn't clean up because he had a visitor.

"I'm a little bit of a neat freak, I guess you could say," Nooe admitted with a grin. "I don't like a lot of clutter."

Though Nooe forever praises the staff and the people who work with him, he said that he hovers probably more than necessary.

"I'd like to think that I'm one of those people who delegates and then gets out of the way," he said, "but I've been accused of being a little nit-picky."

For instance, he admits to being obsessive about the temporary fencing that frames the walkways and separates areas near the clubhouse during tournament week. It's not uncommon for him to let somebody know if the lines aren't straight or the flow doesn't meet his standards.

"It's kind of a pet peeve of mine," he said. "I've become 'the fence guy.' "

But then by way of explanation, he said, "If it's right and it's in place, it's fine. But if it's out of place and you look at it, it definitely would catch your eye."





What caught Nooe's eye as a kid growing up in Troy, a small town in south central North Carolina was Putt-Putt.