Rafael Barajas has worked his way up to head superintendent at the Hacienda Golf Club in La Habra Heights, Calif. He started his career as part of a maintenance crew in 1980, and became certified as a golf course superintendent in 1990 after six years of professional development courses and seminars. "Once I became a golf course superintendent, I realized that education was important and I realized that I wasn't going to succeed without it," Barajas said. "Being Hispanic and having no formal education posed challenges, but I never had a chip on my shoulder."

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