Golf Course Management

MAY 2019

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38 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.19 Top, from left: Since 2010, Andrew Wilson has been director of agronomy at Beth - page; Wilson (at right) with park horticulturist Victor Azzaretto; prep work in anticipation of this month's major championship. Photos by Jim Krajicek Right : Mower shop mechan- ics Adrano Maragh (left) and Rob Melito have been gearing up for a busy stretch that reaches its pinnacle this month when Bethpage Black hosts its third major championship and the first since the 2009 U.S. Open. researched historic weather patterns at Beth- page Black: According to News 12 Long Island chief meteorologist Bill Korbel, the average high temperature the week of May 16-19 is 68 degrees, the average low is 50 (re - cord high temps range from 85 to 89 and re- cord lows 37 to 40), and monthly rainfall is 3.78 inches. Korbel adds that being 8 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, Bethpage Black in May can mean cold water temperatures, which may create a substantial sea breeze that will drop temperatures and escalate winds by late afternoon. "In general, May is a pretty benign month, and, from my experience playing golf on Long Island, the grass, trees, shrubs and all matter of flowers and bushes are at their peak colors, and course conditions are usually lush and green. I suspect this year will be no different, because we had a very quiet winter with almost no snow and only two real cold snaps," Korbel says. It has been four years since winter dam - age affected greens at Bethpage Black. Be- fore that, it was 2006. As many as five greens were hit hard in 2015, including No. 18. Greens were not covered as a precaution - ary measure this winter. Hadley says, "It Bethpage Black — site of the PGA Championship this month — practically is a home away from home for director of agronomy Andrew Wilson and superintendent Michael Hadley. Wilson, 47, has navigated the property since preschool. He was raised on Martha Blvd., only 3 miles from the park. When he was 4, Wilson rode sleighs on the driving range in winter. Thirty years ago this summer, after he finished high school, Wilson started at Bethpage working in clubhouse maintenance. An English major at Fairfield University who later went to Rutgers University for its turf management program, Wilson was hired and as - signed to the Black Course in 1997 to work for then-superintendent Craig Currier. Asked what it means to have Wilson's presence, one word quickly came to mind for Bethpage State Park director Betsy Wintenberger. "Golden," she says. "It's different when you grow up at a facility. It's inherent in his knowledge of the facility. That's a huge asset. And he's not unintelligent to begin with, and that helps." Hadley started at Bethpage 19 years ago this month. "My first day I hand-aerified the bunker fingers on No. 3," says Hadley, a graduate of Penn State University who has been the super - intendent at Bethpage Black since 2013. "I was just happy to be out here as part of it, trying to fit in and not break anything." It's good to be home

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