Turf Talk September 25, 2015 By: Andrew Buchholz, GCS Aerification a Necessary Evil The process of aerification on the greens, tees and fairways is necessary and highly beneficial golf course agronomic practice. Aerification achieves three very important objectives. It relieves soil compaction, it provides a method to improve the soil mixture in the major root zone of the turf and it reduces the accumulation of excess thatch. Like so many things, the quality of a great putting surface is more than skin deep. In fact, the condition of a green has a lot to do with what goes on below the surface. In order for turf to grow at 1/8” or lower it must have deep healthy roots. Good roots demand oxygen from tiny pockets (pore space) of air trapped between soil and sand particles. Over time, traffic from golfers, carts, mowing equipment tends to compact the soil under the turf particularly when the soil contains a lot of clay. When soil becomes compacted, the air pockets (pore space) on which the roots depend are …
The Women’s League regular schedule is coming to a close for the 2015 season. Dawn Hughes won the OLGA Club Championship, posting a par 36 on the front nine, and finishing with a 78 in a revived tournament that saw 5 flights participate this year. In other news, Mary Weber represented our club at the MWPGA Senior State Tournament at Pebble Creek in Fergus Falls, Ortonville hosted a Women’s Scramble event in August, and the Senior Tournament in July was well attended. The Junior League wrapped up play. Sept 2 will be a social golf outing where 18 and 9 hole players will be mixed to compete as teams, followed by supper. Weather favors a few more good days of golf in September, a time of year when the golf is good and access to the course is never an issue. Thanks to the capable and willing volunteers for making it a great season for women’s golf in Ortonville. –Mary Ross
The Junior Golf League competed Tuesday mornings in August at the Ortonville Golf Club. Twenty one juniors played in a 4-hole league. Each foursome was accompanied by an adult volunteer mentor who coached the kids as to rules and etiquette. Awards were given to top scorers in each division. THANK YOU to those that helped make this program happen! Jack Weber, Mary Weber, Mel Reinke, Dawn Hughes, Chris Petersen, Isaiah Longnecker, Lois Banken, Colin Banken, Jenny Cronen, Mary Ross. Foot Golf passes courtesy of the Women’s Golf League. Door prizes courtesy of Big Stone Radio.
2 Person 3 Form Tournament on the Ortonville Golf Course September 19th! 10:00 AM Shotgun Start 9 Holes Best Ball, 9 Holes Scramble, 9 Holes Alternate Shot Link to complete info (PDF): Superintendents Classic How is the Course looking today?