ITS Network Manager Takes a Monumental Swing

ITS Network Manager Marcus Walton at Pebble Beach Marcus Walton, Network Service Manager for the Technology Services (IT) Department that oversees network and telecommunications operation on all Samuel Merritt College (SMC) campuses, as well as mange the College's server rooms and computer centers.

"Since his arrival in October 2005, Marcus has made a tremendous impact on the College community," said Blair Simmons, Director of Technology Services. "He was instrumental in developing a technology roadmap for bringing the College up to current standards in network security, performance, and reliability."

What some people may not know is when Marcus is not commuting from campus to campus making sure that computers and machines are properly hooked up, he can be found on the golf course.

"Marcus is an athletic enthusiast, and is very involved in sports," said Simmons.

That same enthusiasm landed Marcus on what Golf Magazine ranked as the number two top golf course in the U.S., Pebble Beach.

In early April, Walton and three of his closest friends from Diablo Creek Course were invited to play at the Northern California Golf Association Four Man Best Ball Championship's, competing against 24 other teams from the North East Region.

"This was a great experience for me because I got a chance to play on the world famous Spyglass and Poppy Hill golf course," said Walton. "The same golf courses as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and others have played."

On his first day he shot an 84 which was capped off with a hole in one on the 15th hole.

"The hole was 99 yards protected by water and a large bunker in the front. My ball took off really high directly towards the flag. It landed 24 feet behind the flag and began to suck back towards the pin. Then the other team said 'that's going in', and I said 'no way' and then it went into the cup!"

On day two Marcus shot a 79 and helped his team get into position to win the tournament, but the team lost by two strokes after trailing by eight the first day. But it was that unbelievable shot that Marcus will never forget.

"It was a great feeling as it was my first hole in one during a tournament and I did it at Spyglass, where the Pro's play."


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