Golf Course Management

MAY 2019

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Photo by Clay Groot 18 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.19 In his spare time as a maintenance crew member at New South Wales Golf Club in Sydney, Australia, Kyle Cwynar (pronounced "sweener") watched a lot of tennis on TV. It wasn't, however, because he enjoyed it. Not at first, that is. "I didn't grow up playing it (tennis) a whole lot. We were living in an apartment in Australia, and we only got one channel, so we watched the Australian Open and got to see (Novak) Djokovic and (Rafael) Nadal. I kind of got into it," Cwynar says. Cwynar — whose golf course background features two seasons of work at famed Pine Valley (N.J.) Golf Club — now finds himself immersed in tennis. In January, Cwynar began his new position as superintendent of Seabright Lawn Tennis and Cricket Club in Rumson, N.J. Although there is no golf course, Cwynar oversees 16 lawn tennis courts on three acres of turfgrass, 15 Har-Tru clay courts, four platform tennis courts and one Net gains hard court. It could be considered quite a change for the eight-year GCSAA member, whose past includes impressive stops as assistant-in-training at Pine Valley GC and summer intern at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. Or, is it much of a change at all? "I look at it as just another way and opportunity of managing turf," Cwy - nar says. "Here or at the golf course, it's about keeping healthy turf and managing a good soil environment. The principles are the same as in golf — playability." Ben Stover is confident Cwynar will exceed expectations as he embarks on his first job in charge of an entire operation. "It's a good fit for him at a great club," says Stover, a 16-year GCSAA Class A member at Rumson (N.J.) Country Club, where Cwynar served as first assistant before taking on the challenge of Seabright. "Kyle's a problem solver." Cwynar is also a mentor. "He showed me the ropes. I wanted to follow Photo by Patrick Olivero

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