Two tees, two trees
June 8, 2018
When Chris Adkins gets an idea in his head he tends to follow through on it.
Last winter the co-owner/manager of The Rookery golf courses bought a wood chipper. The course superintendents at Rookery North and Rookery South took advantage of the new machine to do some long-desired tree cutting and trimming. Both courses now look much nicer, and frankly play a lot friendlier for not-so-accurate golfers.
Recently Adkins decided to rent a cherry picker and do some additional high-up tree work at the North course, especially near the 7thand 8thtee boxes. The branches and leaf canopies of some large trees at those locations had made tee shots far more challenging than they needed to be. The tee box turf on the seventh hole was also affected by the trees, which caused thin spots and other problems.
Rookery North head golf pro Kyle Deas said Adkins began the cutting from the elevated cherry picker with a chain saw and left the higher parts to course superintendent Mark Nauman.
Rank has its privileges.
The change is dramatic. The now-gone big branches affected tee shots at both locations, especially for players who hit high draws or a push fade.
The alteration also made it possible to put the white tees on the western side of the small stream that divides the teeing area for the 8thhole, stretching the par-5 a bit.
Trees and grass look great together on a golf course, but trees will always outcompete grass for light and air if you let them. This kind of incremental improvement is a good way to restore the balance and keep a golf course healthy and attractive.
BLAST Motion system
During the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL this January, I watched Taylor Garrison give a detailed demonstration of the new BLAST Motion system to some very attentive club pros.
Working together with TaylorMade, the Blast Motion sensor devices are placed into the grip cap of two different TM Spyder putters. The data recovered from the motion sensors can be uploaded to either a smart phone app or to the cloud for eventual download and analysis.
The system records eleven different data points such as swing speed, direction, tempo, loft change, and club rotation on both the backswing and downswing. Garrison explained their extensive data analysis shows that the best strokes depend upon using the same time interval for all swings, regardless of distance.
“The idea is to take the same time for each,” Garrison said. “For more length, you move the putter at more speed, but in the same time frame. The inertial sensors can track that.”
The Blast Motion detectors can also work with the full swing, whether using an iron, hybrid, fairway wood, or driver. Once each club is identified in the app, the data keeps track.
I also spoke with Michael Fitzpatrick, CEO and Co-Founder, as he watched PGA Tour Pro Brad Faxon prepare for his presentation about the product. “The system works well for remote coaching, because the data can go to the cloud for downloading and analysist. The Coach version allows the teacher to receive a video with the sensor data. The coach can then do a voice over on the same video and send it back. The system also provides for scheduling appointments for an academy or the coach. It’s a full end-to-end service,” Fitzpatrick said.
The base edition of each version retails for $149.95, with premium service elements also available. For more information, go to blastmotion.com.
Indian River VFC fundraiser a success
Congratulations to the folks who ran this year’s Indian River Volunteer Fire Company golf tournament May 8 at The Peninsula.
The event had over 135 golfers participating and raised nearly $27,000 for the fire company’s operating fund.
Miriam’s Table beneficiary of WDGA event
The Rookery North Ladies 9-hole group hosted a Women’s Delmarva Golf Association tournament May 22. Forty-seven players came from Chester River Country Club, Maple Dale Country Club, Ocean City Country Club, Ocean Pines Country Club, Prospect Bay Country Club, and Rookery North.
The event raised $426 for Miriam’s Table, a charity that provides food and medical relief for children of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Local club competition results
The Rehoboth Beach CC Ladies’ 18-hole group played a team net/gross game May 30.
Jullie Burton, Karen Storms, Gayle Truitt, and Kathy Curry (blind draw) won first place gross. Judy Holtzclaw, Curry, Sheila Halfpenny, and Kerry Lockwood won first place net.
Pauline Porter, Patty Lessy, Dale Lipnick, and Arlene Simms took second net. Kim Hutchinson, Gina Bergin, Britny Whitby, and Elise Coar finished third net.
The Rookery Women’s Match Play team defeated Maple Dale CC June 5 in both gross and net categories.
The Rehoboth Beach CC Ladies’ 9-Hole group played an individual low net/even holes game June 5. Ella Davidson won first place, with Kim Hutchinson in second and Doris Rogers in third. Rosemary Farley had the fewest putts for the day.