Wednesday, February 25, 2015

THE PLAYERS Stadium: Progression of Tents and Seating

 THE 2015 PLAYERS is upon us. Shaffer Sports, the spectator venue contractor, has kicked it into high gear this month with tents and stands popping up all over the course.

Behind the green on 16, they have constructed a tent overlooking 16 green, Tree Island and the Island Green 17. All of the carpeting has been installed for the tents, and Shaffer is now beginning to add stairs to the tents, as well as, putting up the steel structures for the classic white roofs.  The large spectator structures for tournament partners and "THE TURN" are taking shape between 9 and 18 overlooking the greens on both holes.

Additionally, the construction of bleacher seating around some tees and greens began this month. There is a new seating section added behind 16 tee.  Bleachers at 8 and 13 green are almost complete.  Bleachers at 1 tee and 17 green just began construction.  Shaffer Sports has been working diligently throughout the cold and wet days of February, and it’s only a matter of time before everything is up and ready for THE 2015 PLAYERS.

When the tournament venue construction begins, it is a source of renewed energy for our staff.  Seeing some of these structures go vertical definitely gets the adrenaline pumping!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Dye's Valley: 2015 Intern

Garrett Tetley is from Tinton Falls, New Jersey, fifteen minutes from the Jersey shore in Monmouth County.  He grew up playing golf since the age of nine and played four years for the Monmouth Regional golf team.  Garrett first started working on a golf course during his sophomore year in high school as a recreation aid on the Fort Monmouth, Suneagles Golf Course.  Four years later he accepted a position on the Suneagles maintenance staff and quickly progressed from performing routine maintenance tasks to assistant crew leader.  During this time, Garrett obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Leisure Services Management from East Stroudsburg University.  After 4 years in the turf industry he chose to enroll in the Rutgers Turf Management program to further his turf career.  He is scheduled to graduate alongside PLAYERS Stadium interns, Steven Brazer and Levi Singleton, in December 2015.  

Friday, February 20, 2015

THE PLAYERS Stadium: Irrigation Mainline Additions

Over the last few months on THE PLAYERS Stadium, MacCurrach Golf Construction began working to install new mainline pipe in preparation for a new pump house. Phase I was completed a few weeks ago and phase II is currently in progress. Phase I was conducted to improve water flow to certain areas around the course and phase II will increase the overall flow rate from the new pump house. Construction of the pump house will significantly decrease the run time window at night and increase our flow rate from 1500 gallons per minute to 4500. We are using a 16 and 20 inch high-density polyethylene pipe system that will tie into the pump house. HDPE is being used for its ability to withstand corrosion and high levels of water pressure. The sticks of pipe are fused together using a heat plate, which fuses the pipe together making the joints stronger than the pipe itself. The new pump house will allow us to utilize the irrigation system more effectively and efficiently.  


Machine used to weld HDPE pipe

The seam between the welded pipe

Phase II began near the driving range

16 inch pipe toward the new pump house

Friday, February 6, 2015

Dye's Valley - Sea Best Invitational Final round

After the final round of the 2015 Sea Best Invitational North Carolina were crowned champions.  The course was an extremely tough test for the golfers with strong winds adding to the challenge.  Here is the full score board for teams.  

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Dye's Valley - Sea Best Invitational Round 1 and 2

This week Dye's Valley has been the venue for the 2015 Sea Best Invitational.  The Sea Best Invitational is a Men's Collegiate event hosted by Jacksonville University.  The golf course was in great shape for the first and second round played yesterday (02/02/15) with tough windy conditions.  The course played extremely tough and all teams were put to the test.  The final round will be played today after a slight frost delay.  

Thursday, January 29, 2015

THE PLAYERS Stadium: 2015 Interns

L to R: Steven Brazer, Levi Singleton and Garrett Cannady

Steve Brazer is  from a small town south of Boston called Whitman, Massachusetts. He went to high school at Whitman-Hanson Regional High where he played on the golf team for four years. After high school, he attended Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire for one year studying Criminal Justice. After realizing that it was not the right path for him, he moved back home and attended a community college. While home, he found a job at a local 18-hole golf course, River Bend Country Club, in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Being 19 years old at the time, he started at the bottom just like anyone else, filling divots and raking bunkers. Before he knew it, they had him mowing rough, fairways, tees, greens and collars. He realized that he had finally found something that he enjoyed and decided he was going to pursue a career in the turf industry. Steve attends the Professional Golf Turf Management Program at Rutgers University. He is scheduled to complete his education in December 2015.

Levi Singleton, originally from Battletown, KY  is enrolled in Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School where he will complete the certificate program in December 2015.  Levi is also a graduate of the University of Louisville where he has a bachelor’s degree in Sport Administration.  Although Levi’s time in the turfgrass industry has been less than a year, he is eager to learn and looking forward to the road ahead.  Even though his time in the industry has been minimal Levi has a very extensive farming background coming from his families two farms back in Kentucky. 

Garrett Cannady recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Turfgrass Management. Before coming to TPC Sawgrass, he worked at the University of Georgia golf course for two years and did a three-month internship with East lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. His goal for the internship is to learn many new skills that will help him improve as a turfgrass manager. Garrett looking forward to being a part of the TPC Sawgrass Team and being involved with THE PLAYERS.

We look forward to working with Steve, Levi and Garrett.  We hope we can assist them with reaching their career goals.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Building a talented bench.....

The Horticulture Department recently filled the Assistant Landscape Superintendent position.  We would like to welcome and congratulate Bryan Gallagher as the new manager to our Agronomy Team.  Bryan has been a team member since January, 2014 serving in a variety of roles including Crew Team Lead, Irrigation Technician and finally Irrigation Foreman.  Bryan is a University of Florida graduate in Environmental Horticulture and earning his degree in 2013.  Bryan brings a high level of commitment, professionalism and passion to the Horticulture Department and Agronomy Team.