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Murray Calhoun knows the golf course at the Country Club of Columbus (Ga.) like the back of his hand. The 71-year-old member plays the Donald Ross-designed course three times a week, and he appreciates the work of superintendent William Smith.... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at From the desk of GCM
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Members of the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association (GGCSA) have completed the latest phase of what is now a “first-class sports complex” for boys in the state’s foster care system. The sports complex at Goshen Valley Boys Ranch in Waleska,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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This will be one Father's Day that Josh Lewis and Eric Johnson probably will remember forever. Although both men (Lewis as superintendent and Johnson as director of agronomy) are rather busy today preparing Chambers Bay for the final round of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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Renee Mitchell is back. The key word here is back. Mitchell is thrilled to be back at Chambers Bay as part of the grounds crew, which is doing its best to make the golf course that is hosting the U.S.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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Of course the University of Oregon took a look at Darak Bigler. Bigler, after all, was 6-feet-1, 300 pounds, and a football force to be reckoned with at tiny Mullan, Idaho, High School in the mid-1990s. Mullan High was an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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As Bruce Murray carries on a conversation with a friend near the maintenance facility, director of golf Nicholas Pike cruises past in a golf car and shouts, "How are you doing, Mr. Chambers Bay?" Murray smiles. Actually, he seems a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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The Greek life takes on new meaning for grounds crew volunteers at Chambers Bay. More than 100 of them who are here for the U.S. Open are being housed at fraternity houses and a sorority house at the University of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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There were neither tears nor sense of relief for Chambers Bay superintendent Josh Lewis. Pride? You bet. When the first tee ball was struck this morning here in the opening round of the 115th U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, Lewis... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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The art of preparation may have reached new levels at Chambers Bay. You all probably know by now that the 115th U.S. Open starts here tomorrow along Puget Sound in University Place, Wash. You also probably are very well aware... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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Mark Braegelmann was at the height of his career with a large manufacturing firm in Tacoma. He was a plant manager in charge of 45 employees. But, at age 65 and after 45 years with the company, he gave his... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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Steve Henninger, meet Phil Mickelson. Henninger works on the Chambers Bay grounds staff, which is kind of busy this week. The U.S. Open has something to do with it. Anyway, Henninger (pictured) was repairing a stair in a bunker on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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Rosie Odle is an original. Actually, she is so much more than that, Chambers Bay superintendent Josh Lewis believes. "She's the glue," Lewis says. Odle may not rake bunkers, mow greens or fill divots this week during the 115th U.S.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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Thomas Tannehill didn’t consider Phil Mickelson his favorite golfer. Until today. That is when he learned that the two shared the same birthday. Mickelson turned 45. Tannehill turned 25. “He might be my favorite player now,” said Tannehill, who is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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Mike Davis, executive director for the USGA, visited the golf course maintenance facility on Monday and told the grounds staff and all of the 170 volunteers that they already had the Chambers Bay golf course in championship shape for the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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The golf course grounds crew at Chambers Bay and Bandon Dunes are knitted together by more than the tight fine fescue grass that permeates the two nationally acclaimed golf destinations. There is a common bond among some staff members that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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On the verge of this monumental occasion, Eric Johnson fondly recalls two relatives that helped shape him for it. Johnson serves as director of agronomy at Chambers Bay, which is the center of the golfing universe this week. The golf... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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Seated at a desk that looks like they were doing the nightly news, Mike Davis and Robert Trent Jones Jr. definitely were informative here this afternoon. Davis, executive director of the USGA and Jones, an architect who helped shape Chambers... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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Jerry Holcomb won’t win the U.S. Open this week at Chambers Bay, but he will play a big part in how the golf course plays and the condition it is in for the top players who will tackle the links... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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Japan's Masaru Shimizu is serving as a volunteer on the grounds maintenance crew at this week's U.S. Open. Pressure? You bet. It has nothing to do, though, with what is happening this week at Chambers Bay. It does, however, have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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The USGA won't crown its 115th U.S. Open champion until next Sunday. Or, perhaps, on Monday if there is a playoff. It didn't take that long, however, for USGA Executive Director Mike Davis to pick a winner. Look no farther... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
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As the 115th U.S. Open draws near at Chambers Bay, architects Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Bruce Charlton took to Twitter to discuss what is ahead next week. Here's some of their responses: Asked about the virtually all fescue surfaces,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
A website has been established (www.ALT70info.com) as a central online location for the product manufacturer and distributor to share news and information about ArmorTech ALT 70 fungicide following recent incidents of compromised turfgrass quality. United Turf Alliance (UTA) recently announced... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
First Green announced that a new TV campaign developed by the United States Golf Association (USGA) will feature a dedicated TV spot showcasing the unique collaboration between First Green and the USGA. The 30-second spot will run across the breadth... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
The bidding process now is open for the annual Rounds 4 Research auction. Today through June 21, you can bid on rounds at dozens of golf courses in the U.S. plus Canada and Switzerland (go to www.biddingforgood.com/eifg). The venture by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at From the desk of GCM
United Turf Alliance (UTA) announced it is voluntarily stopping the sale of ArmorTech ALT 70 fungicide following reports over the last 10 days of turfgrass incidents in the Northeast from use of the product. UTA is a distributor of ALT... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at From the desk of GCM