Since June 1 we have been playing catch up with our regular mowing schedule. We aerated tees on the fourth, have been applying growth regulator to fairways and approaches, mowed all the warm-season native areas and today we are installing one final load of new sod to complete repairs to the South Range Tee. Also, Stephen and Brett won The Anderson at Winged Foot and it's U.S. Open week at Shinnecock Hills, so let's get started.
I referenced we have been playing catch up with mowing. We had 3.74 inches total rainfall at Carolina Golf Club in May but only one-half inch of that total fell in the first 15 days. The last two weeks of May saw over 3 inches rainfall in 9 measurable rain events, including during the Member-Member.
Last green being prepped for Member/Member. Thankful for a full staff getting it done on a rainy Saturday morning. #TheseGuysAreGood pic.twitter.com/vtumtehu9C— Matt Claunch (@MCClaunch) May 26, 2018
Considering the forecast during the event and the rain all around us we definitely caught a break being able to complete all play, including a thrilling 3-way playoff in one very competitive flight, without delays.Only about 0.15” rain thus far @CGC1929. Course is still firm. Team is prepping for final round (cut & roll). Shorter setup today to promote low scores & pace of play. #BeatTheRain #MemorialDayFourBall pic.twitter.com/1h2eSVYTjg— Matthew Wharton (@CGCGreenkeeper) May 28, 2018
With the Member-Member behind us it was time to aerate greens once again. You'll recall last time I referenced how this aeration is the final aeration planned for 2018, so it felt good when we wrapped things up on the second day. We still had some weather related challenges as 0.60" rain fell on the entire team in less than 20 minutes on the final green of day 1. But when you think back to the weather challenges we encountered in March CLICK HERE I won't complain one bit.
UPDATE! Approximately 10 mins after posting video we got soaked with 0.60” rainfall in 20 mins! We persevered & completed final green in downpour! On the bright side - greens are clean & ready for topping tomorrow! 👌🏻 #silverlining #aerationday #cltwx pic.twitter.com/e1LSbDZPQc— Matthew Wharton (@CGCGreenkeeper) May 29, 2018
With aeration in the rear view mirror the team was excited to focus on mowing and grooming our playing surfaces. The first half of June has been mostly dry with only 0.60" total rainfall thus far enabling us to get multiple cuts on the approaches, fairways, and rough. We are currently enjoying the benefits of a second growth regulator application to closely mowed Bermudagrass playing surfaces and the definition is really starting to come into form.Smooth 2 day closure. 22 greens aerified/topped/brush/2x roll, cross cut on all shortgrass, bunker detail, and backtrack cut on rough. Wish we could do this monthly pic.twitter.com/DxUQO1aPQ3— Matt Claunch (@MCClaunch) May 30, 2018
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We'll also button up a few other areas on the course and that should wrap up winter injury repairs for this year. We do have a few areas that we will continue to push with extra fertility and spot aerate soon to encourage full recovery, but based on my conversations with my superintendent peers in the region, we made out pretty good only needing three truck loads of sod this year.
Okay, so before I go I would be remiss if I didn't share some exciting news as Carolina Golf Club members Brett Boner and Stephen Woodard won the 82nd Anderson Memorial at famed Winged Foot Golf Club this past weekend. The Anderson is a coveted best-ball invitational for top amateur players from across the country. Their strong play last year got them into the championship match before falling short, but this year they brought home the trophy!
Congratulations and well played guys, now time to qualify for the upcoming U.S. Mid-Am! No pressure ;)
Before I go I want to share one final thing with you. It's U.S. Open week and the tournament this year is being contested at Shinnecock Hills for the first time since 2004. Last night on Live From there was an excellent piece hosted by Matt Ginella of Golf Channel featuring course superintendent Jon Jennings, his team and USGA Championship Agronomist, Darin Bevard. Darin is a dear friend I've had the pleasure of knowing for over twenty years, going back to my graduate school days and his early days as a regional agronomist in the Mid-Atlantic Section. After the piece aired Jon and Darin joined Rich Lerner for some live Q&A. This clip is a little lengthy (about twenty minutes) but it has some great information that shows just how far turfgrass science has come since the last time the U.S. Open was held on these iconic Long Island links. CLICK HERE
Hope you enjoyed that glimpse behind the scenes. Good luck to Jon, his team, Darin, and the army of volunteers and I hope everyone enjoys this year's second major championship, the U.S. Open.
See you on the course,
Matthew Wharton, CGCS, MG