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!
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.
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!
The picture below is from our previous blog post of March 9th displaying the drainage system for the fairway bunker.
Our staff installed an erosion blanket allowing the sand to adhere to the slopes of the bunker floor, preventing washouts during rain events and contamination of the sand with the soil below.
The blanket is tacked to the bunker floor using the construction adhesive Liquid Nails, seen below on either side of the pen.
Next, we began the arduous process of covering the four inch drain pipes with pea gravel.
Bucket after bucket, pea gravel is poured into the trenches.
Our staff hauled the equivalent of 20 tons of stone into this bunker! Below, the finished drainage system and the bunker is ready for sand.
As part of the Master Plan for the tenth hole, the fairway was enlarged to “lock-in” the bunker to the dog-leg of the golf hole. Below Ray Lewandowski is preparing the ground for fairway sod.
Our staff cut rough grass sod here on #10 before the bunker and re-laid this grass on #14 as part of the another spring project. This sod transfer, including using fairway sod from #14, was a tremendous cost savings to the overall project.
Above, (left to right) Assistant Superintendents AJ Josefoski and Dave Ward, along with Evan Didonato, are laying fairway sod brought down to number 10, seen below in the cut-out on #14.
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!