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Ron Wright, CGCS

Southeast regional representative

A former golf course superintendent who still retains his certification, Ron is a past president of the Gulf Coast GCSA. He resides in Mobile, Ala.
Tel. 785-393-7380


Field staff report

Time to build an ark

by Ron Wright | Mar 05, 2020

Okay, those of us in the Southeast know what rain looks like. During my time as a superintendent in the Southeast, I recorded rainfall from 58 to 112 inches in a calendar year. Most of the years with 80+ inches had something to do with a hurricane or tropical storm. So far in 2020, many courses in my region have seen well over 35 inches of rain.  That's only 2 months into the year. Yes, that makes working on the course difficult at best but what about all the lost revenue?

At a recent meeting, I spoke to a superintendent whose course was closed to play for 11 of the 29 days in February. Thankfully, they are not overseeded, so trying to keep up with mowing rough and fairways isn't an issue but washed out bunkers and creek banks have become common occurrences. Nothing builds crew moral more than fixing washed out bunkers, I've done the research. I hope things start to dry out soon so that many courses can get back to normal business and start to generate some golf revenue again.

Finally, our hearts go out to all the people who have been impacted by the tornado that tore through the Nashville area. Unfortunately many lives were lost and there is considerable damage to many structures and property. So far, I have not heard of any of our members that suffered a loss from the storm but there are plenty of their neighbors who have. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of them.

Rainfall in the Southeast

Transitions

Alabama

  • Edward S Wilkerson, Class EM, Montgomery

Georgia

  • Julio Banderas, Class EM, Alpharetta
  • Daniel T Blenkinsop, Class C, Sea Island
  • Kevin M Richmond, Class EM, Roswell

Mississippi

  • Keaton E Belk, Class SW, Mississippi State
  • Cameron C Clarke, Class SW, Mississippi State
  • Caylie E Dueker, Class SW, Mississippi State
  • Chase E Dyle, Class SW, Mississippi State
  • Brandon D Livingston, Class SW, Mississippi State
  • Zachary M Moxley, Class SW, Mississippi State
  • Shane R Seymour, Class SW, Mississippi State
  • William A Stockton, Class SW, Mississippi State

North Carolina

  • Nathaniel E Evans, Class C, Durham
  • Carlos D Rodriguez, Class C, Highlands
  • Eric Sosnowski, Class C, Charlotte

South Carolina

  • Miguel A Adorno, Class EM, Murrells Inlet
  • Graham L Gowan, Class SW, Clemson
  • Jace T Jacobs, Class S, Conway
  • Charlie A Willer, Class C, Salem

Tennessee

  • Jeremy K Fann, Class B, Shelbyville
  • Jack R Karsanac, Class C, Old Hickory
  • Cory Seals, Class C, Sevierville

Alabama

  • James J DeReuil CGCS, formerly (A) at Craft Farms Golf Resort, is now (A) at Honours Golf in Birmingham

Georgia

  • Kevin G Carnes, formerly (C) at Preserve Course at Reynolds Plantation, is now (C) at The National At Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro
  • Matthew R Delventhal, formerly (A) at Minor Park Golf Course, is now (A) at Site One Landscape Supply in Mcdonough
  • David C Plake, formerly (SW) at Illinois State University, is now (SW) at Atlanta Athletic Club in John's Creek
  • Sladen D Tant, formerly (C) at Savannah Custom Golf, is now (C) at The Savannah Golf Club in Savannah
  • William J Weeks, formerly (C) at Peachtree Golf Club, is now (C) at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta

North Carolina

  • Christian D Drake, formerly (C) at Balsam Mountain Preserve, is now (C) at Hendersonville Country Club in Hendersonville
  • Scott J Steiner, formerly (C) at Cliffs at Keowee Springs, The, is now (C) at Carolina Country Club in Raleigh
  • Robert S Stowe, formerly (C) at Duke University Golf Club, is now (B) at Duke University Golf Club in Durham
  • Stephen J Wilson, formerly (A) at Pinehurst Resort #8, is now (A) at Pinehurst Resort #7 in Pinehurst

South Carolina

  • Jeffrey M Gattis, formerly (A) at Houndslake Country Club, is now (A) at University of South Carolina Aiken in Aiken
  • Cory M Hendrix, formerly (C) at Boca West Country Club, is now (C) at De Bordieu Club in Georgetown
  • Joseph S Kobylarz, formerly (C) at River Club, is now (C) at Pawleys Plantation in Pawleys Island
  • Paul Lewis, formerly (AS) at Thornblade Club, is now (C) at Thornblade Club in Greer

Tennessee

  • Kyle Talley, formerly (C) at Richland Country Club, is now (C) at Hideaway At Arrington in Arrington

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