Golf Course Management

MAY 2019

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05.19 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 37 Chief Championship Officer Kerry Haigh helped launch a new era for the PGA Cham - pionship. "He asked, 'What's the weather like in May?' I believe he was looking at the pros and cons of August versus May," says Wil - son, noting that it can rain in May but hopefully not like it did 10 years ago when it disrupted the U.S. Open enough to force a Monday finish. e weather the past two corresponding weeks in May was favorable. Room temperatures (low 70s) for highs were mixed in with some 60s. "at's a superin - tendent's dream. In August, it could be 88 and sweltering. ere's almost no chance of that happening in May. Here, May is way better if you can get through the winter." A key reason why May is vastly prefer - able to August is simple — the management of Poa annua greens. "Poa is in its ascen - dency in May. It's the peak time of the year. In August, it (Poa) basically is at its weakest point of the year," says Wilson, who also has Poa/ryegrass fairways. "Over 90 percent of the time, that month we have huge stress, plus by August the golf course is getting a little tired." Here are some weather-related facts, in - cluding some positive news, for Haigh, who Above: Director of agronomy Andrew Wilson (background) checks out Black Course crew members Luis Flores- Lopez (left) and Pedro Romano. When these photos were taken in late March, Wilson says the course was greening up nicely in preparation for the PGA Championship. Left: The time has come this month for Bethpage State Park's Black Course to hold its first PGA Championship. The Black Course is one of the featured courses in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2010, 2011, and 2012 video games by EA Sports. Photo by Gary Kellner/PGA of America

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