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Clippings – April 2013

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April 2, 2013 – April Clippings:

Terry Negen | MGC Course SuperintendentI would like to take the time to introduce myself as the new golf course superintendent of Marshall Golf Club. My name is Terry Negen and I have been a golf course superintendent for the last 7 years in Atlantic, Iowa at an 18 hole semi private golf course. Previous to that I was superintendent at The Crossings in Montevideo and the Assistant Superintendent in Benson, MN. I am married to my wife Joy and we have 3 children Maloy (15), Drew (13) and Natalie (10) who keep me very busy with their sporting events. I am going to try and write a little newsletter every month to let the membership know what is going on out on the golf course and to explain some of my ideas.

I know that everyone is saying “When is the golf course going to open?” Well, I wish I had a real answer for that but with mother nature throwing weather events at us weekly it has been a hard question to answer. With that being said, I see that the temperatures are going to start warming up, hopefully we can get the snow all melted and get the golf season started. Ideally I would like to get out and mow the greens one time before we open for play but that may or may not happen so we are going to say that once the frost is out of the greens and they are not frozen we will let play start. It may be walking traffic only for a while until the ground gets firmed up but if we get a slow melt that should not be a problem either. I am just as eager to get started but we don’t want to open too early and do harm to the turf by walking on the frozen turf, also remember that once we open if there is frost in the morning we will have a frost delay which means no golf until the frost has lifted or we kill the leaf blades that are walked on or driven on and then we get ugly footprints and cart tracks. Please follow this rule, it will only help the golf course. Our primary goal is to open the golf course in a manner that does not cause any long term damage.

I am going to try some new things this year and I hope that the membership is open to these ideas and if you ever have any questions please feel free to stop by the shop and ask me or stop me on the golf course and we can discuss this. I hope that everyone is excited for the new season and I hope that I can bring some new ideas to an already fabulous golf course.

We are also going to have a member clean up day sometime in April to help get the course ready for the season. I will find a date as soon as mother nature lets go!

Until next month,

Terry Negen, Superintendent