As 2014 comes to a close, we are highlighting those who made an impact in the world of golf course maintenance this year. From having a “Tough Chin” to eating “Humble Pie” to “Seeing Into the Future,” these individuals stand out.
The “Humble Pie” Award goes to the entire golf maintenance staff at Pinehurst No. 2. None of the leaders on the golf course maintenance staff wanted to take credit for the challenging but fine conditions that Course No. 2 provided for the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens, which were held on back-to-back weeks for the first time ever.
Bob Farren, Pinehurst’s director of golf course maintenance deflected a compliment for having the course in tip-top shape to Kevin Robinson, golf course superintendent of the No. 2 course. Later, Robinson credited his two assistant superintendents John Jeffrey and Alan Owen. Owen announced it was the crew workers and volunteers that deserved the credit.
“You couldn’t ask for a better crew,” Owen said.