USGA Amateur Qualifier Prep & THANKS to our Volunteers!

Our staff began mowing operations yesterday evening, dodging the storm that produced over seven inches of rain in the Coatesville area. Thankfully, we did not receive any more rain and we were able to fully prepare the course this morning with our team and a cadre of dedicated volunteers.

A few team members began their work-day at 2:30 AM by placing portable lights throughout the golf course to ensure and maintain a safe environment for our workforce. After our morning meeting, all personnel was in transit to their respective starting holes by 4:10 AM. Pictured above is the first hole as the left green-side bunker is raked and the green is rolled.

 

With tee times off #1 & 10 at 7 AM, our goal was to mow all fine turf areas on the golf course. With this in mind, we placed a “call” to some friends to help us accomplish our objective. The picture above represents the integrity and support from our vendors and the strong bond amongst our colleagues.

Above, from left to right on fairway mowers:
Jesus Arroyo, Assistant Superintendent – Kennett Square Golf & Country Club
Charlie Koennecker, Territory Manager – Finch Services, Inc.

  Above, from left to right on fairway mowers:
Greg Eisner, Golf Course Superintendent – Fieldstone Golf Club
Justin Lewis, Assistant Superintendent – Wilmington Country Club

Pictured above:
Mike Janzer, Regional Territory Manager – Plant Food Company
(raked bunkers, blew fairways)

Pictured above:
Tim Urbanski, Equipment Manager – Fieldstone Golf Club
(portable light transport)

Pictured above:
Pat Michener, Golf Course Superintendent – Country Club of York
Bidermann Assistant Superintendent, 2006 – 2010
(rolled greens)

Above, left to right:
Derrick Wozniak, Golf Course Superintendent – Radley Run Country Club
Bidermann Assistant Superintendent, 2005 – 2008
Tom Defino, Territory Manager – Genesis Turfgrass, Inc.
(both gentlemen rolled greens)

The entire course was set and our corps were back to the maintenance facility by 8 AM. It was a total team effort this morning, with a lot of fun along the way. Someone even snapped a photo of person to remain anonymous blowing divots from the fourth tee!

2018 Golf Course Grounds Team

Just as the golf season transitioned from a wet May, so did our staff this year as we acquired a lot of new faces and were finally at full strength when the local highs schools completed their academic calendar in June just after the completion of the H.F. du Pont Memorial Competition. 

Last week, we assembled the team on the 5th hole. The following pictures will give you some background information to the make-up of our team.

Above, seated left to right:
Matt Medina – 2nd season; Penn State University – 2021 Business, Ridley HS – 2017
Erik Iverson – 3rd Season; University of Arizona – 2022 Aerospace Engineering, Salesianum – 2018
Evan DiDonato – 4th season; Delaware Tech Community College – Computer Aided Design, Salesianum – 2013
Stephen Sagan – 7th season; Dickinson HS – 2008
Above, standing left to right:
Hector Munoz-Torres – 10th season; Puerto Rico
Dario Valerio – 1st season; Dominican Republic
Ray Lewandowski – 2nd season

Above, seated left to right:
Nathan Hawke – 1st season; Newman University – 2019 English, member of the Cross Country Team, Wilmington Christian – 2015
Victor Pelillo – 1st season; University of Delaware – 2020 English, Delaware Military Academy – 2016
Above, standing left to right:
Andrew Narvaez – 1st season, Newark Charter – 2020
Mat Zimmerman – 1st season; Delaware Tech – Nursing, Salesianum – 2013

Above, left to right:
“The Charter School of Wilmington 3”
Andrew Furhman – 1st season; CSW 2019
Jacob Williams – 1st season; CSW 2019
Cooper Fink – 1st season; CSW 2020

Above, left to right:
Christian Kobosko – 1st week; Delaware Valley College – 2022 Media Communications, member of the men’s lacrosse team, Long Stick Middie, Delaware Military Academy – 2018
Tucker Lange – 1st week; Ferris State University – 2018 Sports Marketing

Above, seated left to right:
Peter Burke – Horticulturalist, 2nd season; Temple University – Recreation & Leisure Studies, minor Horticulture
Matt Gillespie – Intern, 1st season; Penn State University – 2019, Garnet Valley HS 2014
Larkin Cowart – 1st season; Garnet Valley HS 2020
Above, standing left to right:
John Lermond – Equipment Manager,  4 years on staff
Charlie Lonergan – Lead Assistant Golf Course Superintendent, 4 years on staff, Rutgers University 2014
Dave Ward – Assistant Golf Course Superintendent, 2 years on staff, Rutgers University 2018
A.J. Josefoski – Assistant Golf Course Superintendent, 2 years on staff, Penn State University 2018