Sunday marked the arrival of the Winter Solstice and the official beginning of winter. Thus far December has been slightly colder on average than last year, and fairly dry with nearly one-half inch of rain the first 21 days. The cooler temperatures and extended periods of cloud cover have managed to keep the course from becoming too dry during this time, but as I write this we have received nearly one-half inch additional rain with considerably more expected in the next 48 hours. High winds and potential severe weather threats are also forecast. Expect softer and wetter course conditions the remainder of this month along with considerably colder temperatures.
The changing of the seasons brings some changes to my department as we approach the new year. Friday, December 26th will be the last day for my lead assistant, Brett Stowers. Brett is leaving to embark on a new career challenge with Medallion Athletics in Mooresville. Brett and his wife Michelle married in late October and he actively pursued the recent golf course superintendent job opening at Rock Hill C.C. Although Brett was a finalist for the position, the process left him reevaluating his desire to remain in golf course management. Brett has been a member of my staff the past three years (the last two as Senior Assistant) and I want to thank him for his hard work and dedication. His efforts helped us usher in some changes to our programs as we stayed on top of technological advances in the industry. We wish you all the best in your new career.
|L to R: Ben Albrecht, Brett Stowers|
Here is an early CHRISTMAS PRESENT to you. I was briefly interviewed by Golfdom magazine while attending the Carolinas GCSA Conference and Show in Myrtle Beach last month. Goldom is a monthly publication dating back to 1927 distributed nationally serving golf course superintendents and others in the industry dedicated to golf course management. The 19th Hole is a one page interview with various superintendents from across the country located inside the back cover of the magazine. After just being elected to serve on the Carolina's Board of Directors for 2015 and 2016 it was fun to have the opportunity to talk a little about myself, my staff, and Carolina Golf Club. Hope you enjoy! If you would like to see the interview in it's printed format there are copies available in the Golf Shop and Main Office.
My annual staff Christmas Cornhole tournament is underway @CGC1929! Guys getting in the spirit! #bestdayofyear pic.twitter.com/NKCCLkRHuY
— Matthew Wharton (@CGCGreenkeeper) December 19, 2014
For the record, Chad Taylor (L) and Cameron Phillips (R) tied for the Best Dressed prize this past Friday with their matching sweaters. The staff worked really hard all year and we accomplished many great things on the course in 2014. It is always nice to have the opportunity to reward their efforts with some goodwill. Thank you to those members that stopped by during their rounds that day to show their appreciation to the staff! It really means a lot to me and gestures like that go a long way with my team!
Well, that's all for now. It's time for me and Mrs. Greenkeeper to hit the road. It looks like we will not incur any frost issues during the course closures tomorrow and Thursday. We worked hard and braved the cold yesterday and this morning prepping the course to the best of our ability in hopes those of you wishing to walk a few holes Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day will find it enjoyable. The rain forecasted looks to be significant however, so be sure and bring your waterproofs! I will return to the club on Monday, December 29th and until then my family and I would like to wish everyone at Carolina Golf Club a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
See you on the course,
Matthew Wharton, CGCS