Agronomy preps for JDC chaos

Man hours, volunteers, details make up maintenance

SILVIS, Ill. - The Agronomy team at TPC Deere Run has been preparing for this week's tournament since the end of last year's. 

"We're just ready to go and attack whatever's presented to us," said TPC Deere Run Superintendent Alex Stuedemann.

Studemann and his team of about a dozen have been planning all year. He says it's all about organization,and about working to improve from tournament to tournament. 

"It's not so much thinking about what's happening in an hour, it's more it's more about what's happening next month," said Stuedemann. "Where were we successful? What really hit the homerun? And then that kind of goes into the next conversation of on 'OK, we've got to up our ante'."

There is a low that goes into the agronomy and maintenance of a course like TPC Deere Run. Now that the tournament is upon us, the team is looking at finite details. 

"Now we're just looking at the little details, the things that are maybe not fully impactful on on the players per say but on the overall presentation of the golf course."

That can be anything from mowing the green a hair shorter, or putting extra dye in the ponds to make them pop on the national broadcasts. 

They also bring in volunteers from all over the nation who want to be a part of what they do at TPC Deere Run. Some even come from across the globe, including one from Australia for this 2017 tournament. They stay for about two weeks. 

"We try to be phantoms out there," said Stuedemann. "Nobody knows how the golf course gets maintained but you could see upwards of 5000 hours out of hour staff maintaining this golf course, but at the end of the week we're not even tired. We're so happy and take so much pride in not only what we've done to make a pretty golf course but to see what the community gets."

Then, it's some basic maintenance but mostly watching the magic happen. 

"Once the tournament's here we've done what we can do, we're not going to change it. so to be able to sit back and see all that happen in front of us is for me the most rewarding."

We will have more about what Stuedemann and his team does throughout the JDC tournament. 


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