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!

Au Revoir!

This year our golf maintenance program was fortunate to have two students on staff. This past week, A.J. Josefoski headed back to Penn State for his final year in the Golf Course Turfgrass Management Program.

There were many beneficial aspects to his internship, but one opportunity A.J. had was volunteering on the grounds staff for the U.S. Women’s Open in July. This week, he and all the second year students at Penn State are volunteering for the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club.
A.J. was an incredible asset to our team and he is already missed! A.J. has indicated he would like to return to work for the Club upon graduation and we certainly hope he will make the choice to return to the Brandywine Valley.

We wish A.J. well and Godspeed! 

Interns & U.S. Women’s Open

Over the years, our Internship Program has become recognizable throughout the nation for opportunities such as scholarships for our students while employed with the Club and the ability to volunteer time at important events.

Luis Martinez

This year, our two interns had the chance to spend a week on the grounds staff at Lancaster Country Club for the United States Women’s Open. Above, Luis Martinez (Penn State University) poses with the Harton S. Semple Trophy. Below, Brandon McNally (Purdue University) takes his turn with the trophy that was hoisted by In Gee Chun of South Korea with a score of -8 for the Championship.

Brandon McNally

As part of his morning duties, Brandon raked bunkers with a crew of six volunteers, pictured here on the 16th hole.

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Below on the 16th hole, eleven grounds staff members take part in a variety of tasks including bunker raking, greens mowing and moving plastic covers around the green complex.

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On the 10th hole, a nightly activity included filling divots with group of 15 staff members.

Divot Crew

Below on the 14th hole, more divots are being filled during the evening shift, while in the distance you can see eleven, again that number was 11, fairway mowers prepping the turf for the following day’s golf rounds.

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The 7th tee at Lancaster CC.

Morning Light

Befitting with the sun setting in the above picture, we bid Godspeed to our Intern Brandon McNally! Brandon is off to begin his junior year at Purdue and we wish him the best of luck and much success – thanks for all your hard work Brandon!!

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