Bandon Crossings-Notes From the Superintendent

Bandon Crossings logoBandon Crossings Gears Up For the Season Under the Capable Stewardship of Superintendent Brant Hathorn

February 2015

Aerification

It’s only February, but it is starting to feel like spring is already here.  As many of you have seen, warmer temperatures and lots of rain have made the grass start growing a little faster.  As soon as the turf is healthy enough and Mother Nature cooperates, we will begin our aerification processes.  Our plan is to get the tees and some of the fairways done first.  We will have to work around the weather and will do our best to impact play as little as possible.  The greens are scheduled for April 27th and 28th, but we are going to try to get them done earlier if we can.  This all depends on the weather and the health of the grass, so we will give everyone as much notice as we can.

Equipment

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 We continue to use more and more sand to improve the playing conditions of the golf course, especially in regards to winter play.  A lot of golf courses get their sand from another source off site and have it trucked to the property.  We mine all of the sand that we use on the golf course property.  Unfortunately, the sand doesn’t come out of the ground ready to be put on the golf course.  We have to screen the sand to get it down to a particle size that won’t harm the turf or our mowers.  This screening process takes time and the proper equipment.  Over the winter, we acquired a hopper/feeder and some new screens to help us keep up with our demand for more sand.  It is great that the Smith’s are dedicated to improving the playing conditions at Bandon Crossings.  Now, if I could just keep Mother Nature on board we would be set!

 

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Cart Paths

We have been working on improving our cart paths.  We have gone through a lot of rock, but we have a long way to go.  The goal is to complete these tasks during the winter when it is dry and our other maintenance practices have slowed down.  This leaves a pretty short window to attend to the miles of gravel cart paths that we have.  We will continue to work on them as we get time and Mother Nature allows.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or stop me on the golf course.

Brant Hathorn, CGCS
Certified Golf Course Superintendent
Bandon Crossings
brant@bandoncrossings.com
www.bandoncrossings.com/

Weekend Wrap-Up In Golf (22 Feb 2015)

Golf Writer, Keith Cook, provides the Weekend’s Wrap-up of the Winners on the PGA, LPGA, European, and Champions Tours!

PGA TOUR

James Hahn, 2015 Northern Trust Open Champion Photo: USA Today Images
James Hahn, 2015 Northern Trust Open Champion
Photo: USA Today Images

Northern Trust Open

  • Rivera CC, Pacific Palisades, California

Champion: With golf’s stars falling one-by-one off the leaderboard, it was Englishman Paul Casey and Americans James Hahn and Dustin Johnson who stood the test, all finishing at -6 under par/278 totals and heading to a three-man playoff. James Hahn, who entered the week No. 297 in the world, admitted his goal was to just get by the first playoff hole. He did much more than that however, and on the third extra hole, drained a birdie putt to secure the victory. The win is Hahn’s first on the PGA Tour and means the 33-year-old former shoe salesman, takes home a hefty first place check as he heads to Augusta in April.

First Place Prize Money: $1,206,000

Next Up: The Honda Classic, PGA National (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (Feb 26 – Mar 01)

LPGA TOUR

Lydia Ko, 2015 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open Champion Photo: LPGA.com
Lydia Ko, 2015 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open Champion
Photo: LPGA.com

ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

  • Royal Melbourne GC, Melbourne, Australia

Champion: New Zealander and World #1 Lydia Ko played the challenging Royal Melbourne course like a seasoned veteran, taking home the victory by two shots over South Korea’s Amy Yang. Ko’s -9 under par/283 total came after a final round of -2 under/71 on a day when tough conditions saw only one

 

 

 

player in the field (South Korean, Jenny Shin) break 70. The win is the sixth on tour for the 17-year-old phenom and the first since earning her ranking as the World’s top female golfer.

First Place Prize Money: $180,000

Next Up: Honda LPGA Thailand, Pattaya Old Course, Siam CC, Chonburi, Thailand (Feb 26 – Mar 01)

EUROPEAN TOUR

Anirban Lahiri, 2015 Hero Indian Open Champion Photo: EuropeanTour.com
Anirban Lahiri, 2015 Hero Indian Open Champion
Photo: EuropeanTour.com

Hero Indian Open

  • Delhi GC, New Delhi, India

Champion: India’s own Anirban Lahiri and S.S.P. Chawrasia battled to the end to both finish regulation play at -7 under par/277 totals. The playoff between the pair returned to the par five, 18th hole with Chawrasia unable to make par after a poor tee shot well left into the trees. Lahiri holed out from ten feet for birdie and the victory. The win is Anirban Lahiri’s second on the European Tour.

First Place Prize Money: €217,399 (~$247,000)

Next Up: Joburg Open, Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC, Johannesburg, South Africa (Feb 26 – Mar 01)

CHAMPIONS TOUR

Champions Tour LogoTucson Conquistadores Classic

  • Omni Tucson National, Tucson, Arizona (Mar 20 – Mar 22)

Next Up: The Champions Tour takes an early season break in the schedule and will tee it up next in Tucson, Arizona at the Tucson Conquistadores Classic, March 20 – March 22.

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BIO: Keith Cook has been a writer/blogger/contributing editor at localgolfer.com since 2013. He is a retired U.S. Military Veteran and Ashford University Graduate living in Michigan. Follow Keith and Local Golfer on Twitter @_KeithCook and @LocalGolfer.

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Can the Ryder Cup Survive the Summer Olympics?

Golf Writer, Keith Cook, examines the major challenges ahead to keep the Ryder Cup relevant in the game of golf.

(L) Darren Clarke, (R) Davis Love III / Photos: EuropeanTour.com, RyderCup.com
(L) Darren Clarke, (R) Davis Love III / Photos: EuropeanTour.com, RyderCup.com

The golf world has been abuzz this week with the announcement of Darren Clarke as the 2016 European Ryder Cup Captain and the expected announcement (next week) of Davis Love III as the 2016 American Ryder Cup Captain. However, even with the anticipation and energy these announcements bring to the Ryder Cup, there is a stark reality floating in the background, which may affect the future of the competition itself.

 

Historically, this isn’t the first time the future of the Ryder Cup has come into question. Prior to 1979, and the inclusion of European players, the event was falling out of style due to USA dominance. This one-sided result had some within the USGA and R&A, questioning if the event needed to be held at all. Sound familiar?

The modern Ryder Cup is now beginning to face the same questions of relevance. It’s no secret America has lost 7 of the last 10 Ryder Cups and “lack of competiveness” is once again being whispered in the boardrooms. Still, even though competiveness is a large problem, another and much more significant challenge looms on the horizon . . . the Summer Olympics.

GOLF IN THE OLYMPICS

Olympic Flag / Photo: Olympic.org
Olympic Flag / Photo: Olympic.org

The game of golf being included once again as an official Olympic sport has been rightly heralded throughout the world. Yet, this great news for golf could unintentionally affect the future of the Ryder Cup. The Ryder Cup is held in even numbered years and every fourth year, the Olympics and the Ryder Cup will compete against each other for the attention of the golfing world, beginning in 2016.

Consider this: In an event already struggling for competitive relevance, there will be a Gold Medal on the line every 4-years in the same sport. Although the calendar dates will be separated by a few months in the Olympic years, the Olympic results will certainly either mute or negate any Ryder Cup outcome.

This will be especially true if the United States wins the Gold Medal in golf. For example, if the US were to win the Gold Medal in 2016, but lose the Ryder Cup, the Cup loss could be seen as meaningless because of the Olympic result. If the US wins the Gold and then wins the Ryder Cup, the result will be muted because of the expectation of the win.

The same can’t be said for Team Europe however, because of the blend of nations which make up their team . . . making the future of the Ryder Cup dicey – at best – in the Olympic years.

RYDER CUP EVERY FOUR YEARS?

The Ryder Cup / Photo: RyderCup.com
The Ryder Cup / Photo: RyderCup.com

With no easy way out, because of the President’s Cup being held in the odd-numbered years, Ryder Cup Officials (PGA/R&A/PGA and European Tours) are now confronted with tough decisions.

 

  • Will the Ryder Cup have to intentionally space itself outside of the Summer Olympic years? Essentially, reset the Cup to 2018, 2022, 2026, etc. and hold the event every four years?
  • Does the President’s Cup go away or perhaps switch in and out with the Ryder Cup in odd-numbered years? Meaning each of those events would only be held every four years.
  • Is there enough space in golf for the Olympics and the Ryder Cup to co-exist with each other? Should everything stand solid and the future of the Ryder Cup simply remain linked with the Olympics every fourth year?

HARD QUESTIONS – SMART PEOPLE

These are hard questions for smart people to figure out. Nonetheless, there is little doubt the future of the Ryder Cup must once again be addressed to remain relevant in the world of golf.

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BIO: Keith Cook has been a writer/blogger/contributing editor at localgolfer.com since 2013. He is a retired U.S. Military Veteran and Ashford University Graduate living in Michigan. Follow Keith and Local Golfer on Twitter @_KeithCook and @LocalGolfer.

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