17th Hole Improvements

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. 

The day before Thanksgiving, our team installed the drainage system for the left hand bunker, seen above.

In the picture above is Matt Medina, contemplating the orange line for the bunker edge. 

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.  

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

Congrats!

Today we say our goodbyes to a long employed full-time member of our team. Gaudencio Rodriguez, better known as “Lencho,” is retiring from day-to-day employment. He will be back in mid-April to help our team this golf season.

Lencho has spent most of his career working on golf courses and has been an asset to our department for the last 10 years. We will all miss seeing his smile and all his wise-crack axioms that made us laugh day-in and day-out!