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July 4, 2013

Rain, cooler temperatures provide welcome challenges for greens crew

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“I know they take special pride in preparing for the tournament,” he said. “I think that’s kind of an aiming point for them. It’s kind of the pinnacle of the year for the golf course.”

Every year brings its own challenges, and 2013 is no different. But, while the usual problems include sweltering heat and dry conditions, this year has changed things up a bit for Cagigal’s team. Temperatures for last year’s tournament hovered around 100 degrees throughout the weekend. But this year has thus far remained cool and rain has come in steadily, a phenomenon which has altered the issues facing the course.

While the greens have grown well and will play fast this weekend because of that, the cool temperatures have stunted the Bermuda grass that covers much of the course. There’s also been an increase in the number of weeds the team has had to deal with, and they will have to mow the course Friday night after the first day of competition because of how fast the grass is growing.

Still, Cagigal said it’s a welcome list of problems.

“It’s been a little unusual this year, but we’re grateful for the rain and cool weather,” he said. “It’s grown really well all spring and the problems were a little different this year, but it looks as good as it’s ever been and I think it will play well.”

Corbin Hosler

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