The Course Back In Play
of Superintendent McNulty, Staff, Volunteers Allows Women’s Amateur
To Resume On Schedule
David Shefter, USGA
Pa. – If anyone saw the condition of Philadelphia Country Club at 6
p.m. on Tuesday, they might have thought it would take a miracle to
get the William Flynn-designed course back in shape by 7:30 on Wednesday
greenside bunker at the ninth hole was virtually unplayable after
Tuesday's rain. But the maintenance staff was able to get Philadelphia
Country Club back into playing shape to resume stroke-play qualifying
at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday. (John Mummert/USGA)
certainly created a challenge for Superintendent Mike McNulty, his staff
and the many volunteers who have assisted the maintenance crew for this
week’s 103rd playing of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship.
were filled with water and some of the greens and fairways had puddles
and small streams forming.
the course had installed an internal drainage system in the 99 bunkers
on the course, which in times of inclement weather can be a major plus.
By the time McNulty and the staff returned to the course at 5 a.m.,
most of the bunkers had drained and the greens did not require any additional
two bunkers had to be pumped,” said McNulty, who has been at Philadelphia
Country Club for 11 years. “That saved us a lot of work.”
the drainage system not been in place, McNulty said: “We probably would
have had 99 bunkers to pump. There’s no way this course would have been
ready to go at 7:30 this morning.”
squeegees were not required, McNulty and the staff could cut and roll
the greens like they have been doing since practice rounds began on
Saturday. The bunkers mainly required some additional raking to remove
some of the washout areas and he added that some of Philadelphia Country
Club’s members even assisted in the process.
course received 1¾ inches of rain on Tuesday. McNulty did not have the
official count from the previous four days.
been amazing,” said McNulty. “We’ve had five (consecutive) days of rain
and nine weather delays. This has been pretty challenging.”
C.C. did go through a renovation process that created a different set
of challenges for the maintenance crew. To prepare for this championship,
the fairways and greens were regressed and they rebuilt all the tees
and bunkers. Improvements also were made to the rough.
was a tier process,” added McNulty.
when the week is over, McNulty and his crew, which has been at the course
each day from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., might be due for a vacation.
McNulty with a smile: “Yeah, that would be nice.”
Shefter is a staff writer with the USGA. He can be reached at email@example.com.