It wouldn’t be The Masters with the Golfdom team without us taking advantage of photo opps with the Friends of Golfdom — the superintendents and industry pros who help golf courses recover.
Andrew Sandner, design associate, Staples Golf, Jones and Andy Staples, president, Staples Golf, take a break from walking the back nine at Augusta National for a quick photo. Staples Golf recently was named the architecture firm of Chicago’s Olympia Fields CC — something worth celebrating for the old friends.
Never a surprise to run into a group of superintendents at Augusta National’s No. 12 concessions! This year we saw a group from the eastern shore of Maryland. From left to right: Eric Hindes, superintendent, Bayside Resort Golf Club, Selbyville, Del.; Joel McTavish, superintendent, Rum Point Seaside Golf Links, Berlin, Md.; Chris Fronzeack, SiteOne; Tom Tipton, superintendent, Prospect Bay CC, Queen Anne, Md.; Eric Snelsire, Bayer Environmental Science, Ocean Pines, Md.; Tom Akers, superintendent, Links at LightHouse Sound, Bishopville, Md.; Joe Perry, CGCS, Eagle’s Landing GC, Ocean City, Md.; Derek Haley, superintendent, Talbot CC, Easton, Md.
Matthew Lean, superintendent at Monterey Yacht & CC, Palm City, Fla., Shane Wright, CGCS at Vero Beach (Fla.) CC and Christian Millican, superintendent, Pointe West CC, Vero Beach, were at the FOG meeting at 11 a.m. but somehow missed the group photo. No worries! We still caught up with them at the concessions near No. 8 tee.
Matthew Wharton, CGCS, MG, and his wife, “Mrs. Greenkeeper” herself, Darless.
The Second Annual Friends of Golfdom (FOG) meet-up at Augusta National was a hit! From left to right are 2015 GCSAA President John J. O’Keefe, CGCS, Preakness Hills CC, Wayne, N.J.; 2014 Herb Graffis Businessperson of the Year award winner Jim Rattigan, Plant Food Co., Jupiter, Fla.; 2014 GCSAA President Keith Ihms, CGCS, Bella Vista (Ark.) Property Owners Association; Ryan Swilley, superintendent, Gulf Stream (Fla.) GC; Ryan Franklin, St. Petersburg (Fla.) CC; Nate Watkin, superintendent, The Seagate CC, Lake Worth, Fla.; Andrew Fike, Wycliffe G&CC, Wellington, Fla.; Steve Merkel, director of golf course agronomy, Landscapes Unlimited, Lincoln, Neb.; Mark Semm, BASF, Charlotte; Rich Sweeney, CGCS, Plant Food Co., Swedesboro, N.J.; Greg Wyatt, retired, Eagle Bend GC, Lawrence, Kan.; Casey Old, Kansas Golf Association, Lawrence, Kan.
(Left to right) Rich Sweeney, Plant Food Co., Ricky Reeves, superintendent, Miami Beach GC, Robert Trent Jones II, ASGCA, and Nate Watkin, superintendent, Seagate CC, Delray Beach, Fla., on Amen Corner. To read about the stories RTJII was telling the crew, click here.
(Left to right) It was fun relaxing off the course with the North Side Chicago crew, including Greg Rounds, Sunset Ridge CC, Northfield, Ill; Jeff Frentz, CGCS, Lake Shore CC, Glencoe, Ill.; Connor Healy, Conway Farms GC, Lake Forest, Ill.; Donald Cross, CGCS, Skokie CC, Glencoe, Ill.
A question we’re commonly asked is, “What kind of beer is the ‘domestic’ beer at The Masters?” Here’s your answer: it’s the delicious, refreshing kind.
Hey, it’s the Tiger/Dustin Johnson/Sergio Garcia/Ian Poulter impersonator! Casey Old, executive director, Kansas Golf Association (left) spotted Golf Channel/NBC Golf comedian Conor Moore on No. 13 at Augusta National. Old, Moore and Greg Wyatt, Eagle Bend GC (retired), Lawrence, Kan., seized the moment for a memorable photo.
Ricky Reeves, superintendent at Miami Beach Golf Club, brought a special gift to the Masters for Golfdom Editor-in-Chief Seth Jones — a handmade coaster from a very special pine tree.
You knew Seth would get his photo with comedian Conor Moore, right?
Garrett Luck, CGCS, Hidden Glen at Bentdale Farms, Cedarburg, Wis.; Michael Crowley, head pro, Morningstar Golfers Club, Waukesha, Wis.; Steve Fischer, Club Car, show off their Masters cup collection. Looks like a good day! Well done, fellas.
Golfdom’s Bill Roddy, Clara Richter and Seth Jones after the rain delay on Tuesday, with No. 13 green in the background. It felt good to be dry again.
What’s for breakfast, Clara? Egg… as in egg salad sandwiches! Clara reports the egg salad sandwich was good, but the peach ice cream sandwich was the best food she ate at the Masters, overall.
It’s always a wild scene in the Augusta National pro shop … Seth managed to escape unscathed. His corporate credit card? Not so much.