Golf Course Management

MAY 2019

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36 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.19 historical implications and agronomical ramifications. On Aug. 8, 2017, the PGA of America announced that the PGA Cham - pionship would move from its usual spot on the calendar in August to May, which is no minor reconstruction in the major championship lineup. So, for the first time since 1949, the PGA Championship will be held in May. e inaugural host site in the shuffle? Bethpage Black, from May 16 to 19. Obviously, this is going down in the spring, but Hadley, a 21-year GCSAA Class A member, has had it on his radar nonstop — for all four seasons. "You think about what is coming every day," Hadley says. "During the summer. During the winter. Whenever. It keeps you energized." May or August? A new day for the PGA Championship translates to a new way of preparing for an event of this magnitude at Bethpage Black. e Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary was the site of the U.S. Open in 2002 and 2009, but those happened in June. e course also hosted e Barclays on the PGA Tour in 2012 and 2016, but those took place in August. A phone call placed to Wilson three years ago by PGA is was no ordinary birthday for An - drew Wilson. On Sept. 17, 2013, Wilson walked into the clubhouse at Long Island's Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y. ere were neither screams of "surprise" nor cake and ice cream awaiting him. He had no presents to unwrap, but Wilson was gifted with the opportunity to help throw quite a party in the coming years. Two of them, in fact. Wilson, director of agronomy for five golf courses on the property, was on hand along with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to hear PGA of America officials announce that Bethpage State Park's Black Course would be the site of the 2019 PGA Championship and the 2024 Ryder Cup. Happy birthday, Andrew! "I knew something about the possibil - ity of the PGA Championship, but the Ryder Cup was a little more of a surprise," says Wilson, a 19-year GCSAA member. "I got to hold the Wanamaker Trophy (that goes to the PGA Championship winner) and touch the Ryder Cup. I told our (Black Course) superintendent, Michael Hadley, 'We've got to get to work now.'" ey did not know at the time their work schedule would be accelerated — and it has Those who oversee golf courses at Bethpage State Park will be on guard during this month's PGA Champion - ship at the Black Course. They include, from left, Erik Feldman, Red Course superinten - dent; Sean Brownson, head mechanic; Michael Hadley, Black Course superintendent; Shawn Brownell, Blue Course superintendent; Andrew Wilson, director of agronomy; Vincent Herzog, construction super - intendent; Eric Newell, Green Course superintendent; and Hamilton Lopes, Yellow Course superintendent. Photos by Jim Krajicek

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