From our summer staff to our shoulder season staff, we wish you and your families a happy new year and may you attain all your goals in 2019!
The latter half of the 2018 season, the sixteenth hole was saturated to the point we had to restrict carts to the path for a majority of the last quarter of the year.
Our staff installed perforated drain tile and pea gravel. Almost upon completion of the pipe, the area had drained and will allow carts to traverse this area in the future.
We also undertook the leveling of the back teeing ground, as most of this tee surface was unusable.
As part of the Club’s Capital Improvement Plan for 2018, our team renovated the bunkers on the penultimate hole of the golf course.
We began this project on October 30th and was besieged by all types of weather. Even a bout of snow did not deter our team!
The architect’s plan, seen below, involved expanding the left hand fairway bunker “F,” while removing the first bunker “E” on the right side of the fairway. With the bunker removed, our staff leveled a section of the fairway to incorporate a flat deck teeing ground.
Although not part of the original Cap Ex request, our team was able to create the second fairway bunker depicted above as letter “G” due to savings we experienced on other projects we accomplished earlier in the year.
If you click on the picture above, you will be able to zoom in and see the bunkers from the perspective of the back tees. While constructing the newly positioned bunker on the right, it was important to have sand “flashed” from all the teeing grounds to identify the hazard.
Earlier this spring, our staff constructed a forward tee on the fourteenth hole, per the Golf Course Master Plan provided by Andrew Green, illustrated in the picture below and labeled as “D.” We returned again this fall to add a flat deck tee, labeled above as “E.”Our intern, Matt Gillespie, was given the reigns on this task and did an outstanding job!This improvement was accomplished in a matter of days, from start to finish, that included removing and storing the existing turf; hauling and leveling the soil sub-grade; and setting the turf back in place. This new teeing ground will bring enjoyment to all level of golfers and this task was accomplished with our team members!
Towards the end of August, we celebrated one of our own. Hector Munoz Torres became a 10-year member of our department. He is surrounded by fellow team members: (left to right) John Lermond, A.J. Josefoski, Dave Ward, Dario Valerio, Ray Lewandowski, Matt Gillespie, Jacob Williams, Andrew Furman, Nathan Hawk, Christian Kobosko and Matt Zimmerman.
In November, our student intern Matt Gillespie, was the recipient of two scholarships!
Matt was selected by the Eastern Shore Association of Golf Course Superintendents for the Mike Gilmore Memorial Scholarship totaling $1,000. In the picture above (left to right) is Bill Reil (Gibson Island Club), President; Tom Gillespie (Dad); Matt Gillespie; Tom Tipton (Prospect Bay), Past-President and Joe Perry (Eagles Landing Golf Club).
Matt was also selected by the Philadelphia Association of Golf Course Superintendents (PAGCS) as the recipient of the George E. Ley Scholarship in the amount of $2,000. Picture above with Matt is Derrick Wozniak (Radley Run Country Club), President of the PAGCS. Derrick is alumnus of the Bidermann turf program, having worked as First Assistant Superintendent from 2005 – 2008.
On behalf of everyone involved at the Club, we congratulate Hector and Matt on these wonderful achievements!