Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Timothy Garceau
Haworth CC
President

Blake Halderman, CGCS
Brae Burn CC
Vice President

Russell Harris
Galloping Hill GC
Vice President

Thomas Kaplun
North Hempstead CC
Secretary

Richard Duggan, CGCS
Lake Waramaug CC
Treasurer

Anthony Girardi, CGCS
Rockrimmon CC
Past President


Staff

Susan O'Dowd
Executive Secretary

Directors

Grover Alexander
Hudson Hills GC

Robert B. Alonzi
Fenway Golf Club

Donald Beck
Fishers Island Club

Brian Benedict
The Seawane Club

Christopher Carson
Echo Lake CC

Stephen Finamore, CGCS
Alpine CC

Kenneth Lochridge
Glen Head CC

Scott Niven, CGCS
The Stanwich Club

Steve Whipple
West Point GC

Brian R. Mahoney
Metropolitan Golf Association

Gene Westmoreland
Metropolitan Golf Association

   
   
   

Superintendent's Spotlight

By Russell Harris, Director of Maintenance Operations
at Galloping Hill Golf Club and Ash Brook Golf Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moisture management is the foundation to any solid turf care program, especially when talking about our most important and delicate asset—the putting surface!  Gone are the days of pulling a plug to feel the moisture content or relying solely on feel. With the implementation and usage of newer technologies, we now have more tools than ever to assure that our properties and courses are making sound choices and decisions. The biggest improvement comes with the new moisture meters now available to superintendents—whether they use in-ground sensors sending information back to a central computer, hand held devices, or both. While we still need to rely on our instincts based on present weather, upcoming forecasts, etc., to determine watering, the use of meters allows us as managers to consistently monitor and implement a sound watering program on a daily basis. Until a decade ago, to pull just a few plugs and examine them would take 10 minutes or so. Now in that same time frame we are able to gather 40 to 50 moisture readings per green.  

The use of meters, once parameters are determined for your property, allow us to use our staff to monitor and water more consistently without individual opinions getting in the way. During these times in which we live and operate when water and its usage is of the utmost importance, it is imperative that we as water users and stewards of the environment adapt and improve the way we do things on our specific properties. The end result of the use of these new technologies is a better playing surface for the everyday golfer and professional alike. Being able to identify and address the areas lacking in moisture with a push of a button and not overwater is an extremely important part of our responsibilities to the courses we manage. Each day our access to technology improves drastically, from being able to record historical data of moisture needs on certain spots on greens, to being able to now water so efficiently. At the end of the day superintendents have one goal in mind, to provide the best possible playing surfaces for each of our clienteles, and with the use of this new technology we are continuing everyday toward success in reaching these goals.