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Randy Robinson

Central Plains regional representative

Robinson joined the GCSAA staff following six years as executive director of the Iowa Turfgrass Institute. From 2006 to 2015, he was the golf course superintendent at Ballard Golf and Country Club in Huxley, Iowa. He resides in Huxley.
Tel. 800-472-7878, ext. 3605

Field staff report

With the weather heating up members do the same

by Steve Randall | Jul 17, 2019

With July comes heat. After a cool and late spring, it's a rough mix. That aside, the event calendar is full at your club. Patrons expect exceptional conditions and it's your goal to provide the best golf course possible.

Steve Wilson Milburn Country Club Superintendent

This week, I spoke with Steve Wilson, the superintendent at Milburn Country Club in the Kansas City metro. The facility is hosting the Kansas State Am. The event is a practice round Monday, 36-holes of stroke play Tuesday and Wednesday, then match play for the top 64 who advance through stroke play qualifying through Sunday. A full 7-day event.

Many of us are aware of the preparations needed for a big event, such as your member/guest, LPGA or PGA Tour events, and, of course, a major. In many cases, facilities take in volunteers from the region to assist. There are morning and afternoon shifts to make sure the golf course is in top notch shape.

Well, for a state amateur there are no additional volunteers. 132 players for three days, then four more days of match play. That can take a toll.

Rolling Greens at Milburn CC Kansas State Am

Wilson is using a crew of 18 people and running three shifts to cover the event. One crew will work their early, regular shift, then two more rotations will go. It's a lot of hours.  Wilson is also on the golf course.  Whether it's mowing fairways or hand-watering greens, he's right there.

What has made it more challenging is the difficult winter. Nearly 4 acres of Zoysia sod was laid on fairways at Milburn this spring. No matter, Steve is in good spirits and as we discussed, "the days are getting shorter."  And, despite all the challenges, the course is playing great.

Oh, did I mention there's an excessive heat warning in the area until Sunday? Just another summer in the Central Plains!



  • Timothy M Gramith, Class C, Chaska
  • Christopher Rust, Class C, Saint Paul


  • Bryan Meyer, Class C, Eureka
  • William Nelson, Class C, Eureka
  • Caleb M Seidel, Class C, Springfield


  • Nick R Pusek, Class SW, Lincoln

North Dakota

  • Chad T Blank, Class S, Fargo


  • Kevin R Johnson, formerly (B) at Painted Mountain Golf Course, is now (B) at Grandview Golf Club in Duluth
  • Joshua S Lemons, formerly (C) at Golden Valley Country Club, is now (C) at Olympic Hills Golf Club in Eden Prairie
  • Joe T LeVoir, formerly (C) at Northland Country Club, is now (C) at North Oaks Golf Club in North Oaks


  • John Overby, formerly (EM) at Milburn Golf & Country Club, is now (EM) at Turf Mechanic Solution in Lees Summit
  • Tim D Schwierjohn, formerly (A) at Pomme Creek Golf Course, is now (A) at Redexim North America in Valley Park
  • Raymond S Seifert, formerly (A) at Bella Vista Country Club, is now (A) at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale


  • Jeffrey E Gasseling, formerly (A) at Highlands Golf Course, is now (A) at Mahoney Golf Course in Lincoln
  • Keith E Kline, formerly (C) at Quail Run Golf Course, is now (B) at Quail Run Golf Course in Columbus
  • Kit I Lofgreen, formerly (S) at Southeast Community College, is now (S) at Bayside Golf Course in Brule

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