Course renovation work was getting back on track during August with re-sprigging of the 15th and portions of the 12th and 14th fairways and then ….. another setback. A corps of army worms held a banquet on those freshly sprigged fairways and other areas of the course – the worst Gary says he has ever seen during all his years of work with turf grasses. The little devils feast on tender new leaves and practically decimated the growing TifGrand sprigs. Spraying has taken care of the army worms, but the fairways now need time and patient care to regenerate. Tee preparation and sodding was interrupted in mid-August due to another commitment by the laser-leveling crew, but they are back in action. Jim is nearing completion of bunker reconstruction and the new “look” of the back nine is taking shape. Finally, the greens have grown in nicely and are nearing playing quality.
“Rebuild it and they will come”
Are there talented craftsmen and dedicated members of the club? Have a look here. Not only did they answer the call for spriggers, but Art Schuenemann, Dean Spiro and Rich Stamm have now combined skills to construct new water cooler enclosures to replace the ones at the 12th and 14th tees. These guys are the best! And they aren’t finished yet. We’ll see more of their handiwork appear on the course in coming weeks.
And did someone mention spriggers? In addition to these three great guys, on five occasions during June, July and August crews that included Frank Beaty, Earl Bennett, Tom Brusky, Tim Burcroff, Alan Conway, Lee Covert, Bill Ely, Bill Fink, Dick Gaul, Bob Gilliland, Jack Hooke, Bill Hunkele, David Jett, Vince Jones, Don Kasper, Dave King, Bob Kistler, Ron Kolosek, Alan Kundtz, Dick Leach, Mike Lesick, Dan Long, Mike Lupfer, George Montgomery, Dave Moore, John Moynihan, Ray Naramore, Dick Neubauer, Lee Nightingale, Greg Pasco, Bill Robinson, Chuck Scarton, Ed Schneider, Bill Setter, Paul Sheiman, Phil Stack, Bill Todd, Byron Vanier, Andrew Wilson and Mike Wittkamp formed to assist Jim and Gary sprig the greens and fairways and earn points toward their greens keeper apprenticeships. Thanks to one and all!
The Couples Mixed Four-Ball Tournament on August 20th was a great event and demonstrated that couples really do play well together and notably without a single incident of partner strife! The team of Glenn and Jackie Huey paired with Phil Stack and Anne Kelty turned in a phenomenal 118 to capture first place. Joe and Meg Atkinson teamed with Andrew Wilson and Cookie Caruso for a 122 and second place. (“Par” was 144.) Meg and Glenn also pocketed closest-to-pin prizes.
The Crystal Cup is on schedule for September 15th and 16th. The pairings party for participants will be held at the Grille on Thursday evening when the BlueJackets and Redcoats teams and their captains will be announced. Friday will feature 27 holes of Ryder Cup play to crown the 2016 champions who will undoubtedly crow about their victory until next year. Openings remain – sign up at the Pro Shop.
In the interim, the Aiken City Amateur Championship will occur at The Aiken Golf Club September 9-11. This is a huge event drawing golfers from all over Aiken County. A Putting Challenge sponsored and catered by Mellow Mushroom will take place on Friday evening, the 9th, at the James M. McNair, Sr. Memorial Putting Course followed by two rounds of medal play on Saturday and Sunday. The tournament features four divisions – ladies along with regular, senior and super senior divisions for men with a tee award, snacks, lunch on Sunday and gross and net prizes all around. Event details and registration form are available at Cedar Creek Golf Club and The Aiken Golf Club or at http://www.aikengolfclub.net and click on City Amateur Championship. Entries close on Sunday, September 4th.
While you’re registering for the City Am check out the remainder of the newly designed and constructed web page courtesy of Julia. By the way, 19 Grille is a great place for a casual lunch.