A View from the Shed

July saw 85mm of rain fall here at Westridge. That equates to nearly twice the average for the same month (49mm)

This time next week, i will be in North Carolina, as part of the greenkeeper support team at the US PGA at Quail Hollow. An experience i am once again very much looking forward to. I have been extremely fortunate in my career, as this will be my 19th Major golf event i have worked at.

This includes 15 Open Championships, a US Open @ The Olympic Club, The Players @ Sawgrass, The Ryder Cup @ Hazeltine. Not a bad bucket list, with only The Masters to go !

I have met many lifelong industry friends and always bring back at least one new idea, that i can adapt to our course here at Westridge.

My first Major was The Open Championship at Birkdale, in 1998, the year Justin Rose was just an amateur. However, the first professional event i have worked at, was at my first golf club, Kings Norton GC, back in 1976. The competition was the Sun Alliance.

My parting question for you is, who won that competition?