Rants don’t always have to be negative, so consider this a positive rant.
While it’s October and the leaves are changing colors at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey, the echoes of Jason Day’s voice remain in the air.
Day, the world’s top-ranked player who finished one stroke behind winner Jimmy Walker in the PGA Championship held in July on Baltusrol’s Lower Course, made it a point to recognize the Baltusrol maintenance team, led by Director of Grounds Mark Kuhns, for keeping the course playable and in sound condition despite heavy rains during the tournament.
“Mark and his crew and the volunteers – everyone who made this tournament what it is – definitely [deserve] more than a pat on the back,” Day said. “Because of the amount of rain … I’m not sure if these guys have had any time off at all. To be able to get the course ready and playable for us [was] pretty special.
“I know how much time they actually put into [getting the course ready] before the tournament comes around,” Day continued. “And then as the tournament is happening, it’s more hours than you can even imagine. They don’t get a lot of time off, and we are very thankful to have hardworking men and women getting our course prepared because it can be a very, very long and taxing week for them.”
Nice to hear one of the greatest golfers in the world recognize what golf course maintenance means to the golf world. Day’s words should help keep the Baltusrol crew going strong this fall and through the winter.