Saturday, September 24, 2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Weather Stats for August

Weather stats for August. A little delay but here they are. Nothing overly 
signficant but the average night time temperatures are 3 times the 
difference from the daytime. That is why it felt so bad when we went 
out in the mornings and why I was somewhat concerned through the month 
of August. Cooler evenings lead to better recovery from the daytime heat!


Temperatures     Observed          Avg  Difference Last Year

AVG. MAXIMUM     88.9              87.9     1.0      86.7
AVG. MINIMUM     72.5              69.4     3.1      68.8
MEAN             80.7              78.6     2.1      77.8


Rainfall
                 5.77              2.99     2.78     6.67

12 days over 90 which is average

Monthly Records

TIED 20TH WARMEST AUGUST ON RECORD (80.7 DEGREES).

11TH WETTEST AUGUST ON RECORD (5.77 INCHES).

TIED 6TH MOST NUMBER OF DAYS WITH AT LEAST A TENTH OF AN INCH OF
RAINFALL (9 DAYS).

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Job Change, How WIll The Golf Course Operate

As announced on 8/23, I will be serving a joint role as General Manager and Superintendent at
Glen Echo CC. I'm grateful for all the support you have given me after the announcement. It means that the sacrifices made over the last 8 years were recognized by our members and guests.

I wanted to give you a little idea of what will take place during the transition from the Superintendent to the combination position of General Manager/Superintendent. I think we have the golf course positioned for a spectacular end of the summer and fall. We are currently running two staff members below our summer level and a third working at about 50%, from an injury plus you include the time I'm not here working, yikes I'm beginning to get nervous. The guys know there roles and we do what it takes to keep the place tight!

35 year employee/Assistant Skip will be manning the daily operational part of the team. I will still be doing some early morning shifts during the busiest times, Wednesdays, Friday, Saturday to make sure we have enough people to keep our positive momentum going.

I've promoted Tom Lewis, to 2nd Assistant to give Skip a hand with the weekend responsibilities and daily work that takes place at the club. We've also moved a couple guys up in positions which has either given them more days working and or increases in pay. These things have all been managed with the same budget.

We will probably hire at least one additional seasonal person next year to help with my full departure from the operating part of the operation. I still intend to manage the business side, make the major cultural practice decisions including but not limited to fertilization/chemical treatments, mowing, topdressing, irrigation, aeration and other programs. I'll be usually arriving a little later than the 5:45 am. arrival time but will still be there earlier enough to lend a hand as necessary. I will walk and or drive the course to check our conditioning practices and support the staff anyway I can.

I know we have some challenges in the big house along with improving the business side of our club.
Don't lose faith in us. We will get things turned around quickly and give you a club in all aspects that you deserve. The hard work by our team along with the praise and support from our members and guests has pushed us to levels that some might have not thought possible.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Lady Open September 11th

Going to be a tearful day for me without my girl there, but can I tell you a secret. she liked the attention but wasn't real keen on all the competition! 

Come out and have a fun day in her honor. Chef and his staff will have a great menu and what a way to close the pool down the right way with our fury friends. Remember, you don't have to play golf, you can come out for the fun activities at the pool for dinner and cocktails only! Check out the website to sign up.


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Italian Wine Dinner 2016

As we transition between the golf course superintendent duties and my General Manager work, I thought I would throw in a video from the sold out Friday night Italian Wine Dinner. The event included some great wines from Bommarito wines with food preperation demonstrations from Chef Brian. To top it off, we had our very own Anthony Bommarito from Bommarito Wines pouring and working the room. What a treat to have the best Restauranteur ever in St. Louis as a member of our club and being at the dinner.

https://youtu.be/2hHNygV-Hlo

Thursday, August 25, 2016

To the Future and Beyond!

Thanks to all of you who showed your support for me being named GM/Supt at Glen Echo CC.
I put together a video (said I wanted to speak for a minute, edited to 14 minutes) that talks about where I came from and where I hope to go with this organization until I retire sometime down the road. Attached is the video.

https://youtu.be/DFrALnr2VEE