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Downriver Golf Course wraps season; superintendent wraps up career

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Course Superintendent Roy Cheney is retiring after 30 years. Course Superintendent Roy Cheney is retiring after 30 years.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Golfers flocked to Downriver Golf Course Tuesday despite the chilly weather and the occasional outburst from the irrigation system as air exploded out from the ground. 

But after a long golf season – one that began in February – many courses are shutting down for the year. Two of those courses are Spokane’s Indian Canyon and Downriver, which wrap up their seasons this weekend.

At Downriver, the process has already begun – an effort led by course Superintendent Roy Cheney.

“It’s a lot of effort,” Cheney said.

Cheney knows what it takes to keep the course healthy and beautiful. He’s been working with Spokane courses for 30 years.

“It’s hectic,” Cheney said about closing time. “And it’s always bitter sweet.”

But this year is particularly emotional, because it will be Cheney’s last. He’s retiring after three decades on the job.

“30 years is long enough,” he said. “It’s a big deal for us.”

And it will tough for the rest of their small crew to carry on.

“It’s going to be tough,” Don Nelson said. Nelson is Cheney’s second-in-command. “He’s good.”

Nelson says next year some of the younger guys on the crew will need to step up and fill the void. In the meantime, Cheney is enjoying his ‘swan song,’ and the end of the golf season.

“It’s been something I’m pretty proud of,” Cheney said. 

“Great people. Great people I’ve worked with.”

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