2-Year Alum Prepares Course for AT&T National

July 1, 2010 in 2-year, Alumni

This week the PGA Tour rolls into Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa., for the AT&T National. According to a June 25 Philadelphia Daily News story, superintendent John Gosselin (2-Year Turfgrass Program, Class of 1987) is scrambling to clean up the course after a severe storm hit last Thursday.

There was no turf damage, but the storm downed several trees and left a wake of debris. Gosselin has called in two tree care companies to help and is confident that his staff will have the course ready in time.

Aronimink, which hosted the 1962 PGA Championship, is a par-70, 7,200-yard Donald Ross design. The bentgrass greens are rolling 11 feet on the Stimpmeter, and the bentgrass/fescue rough is 3 ½ inches high. According to a June 28 Philadelphia Daily News story, Gosselin and his staff of 20 will have the help of 55 volunteers this week, made up of fellow superintendents, assistant superintendents and vendors.

The forecast calls for a chance of storms Tuesday evening, but after that Aronimink should continue to firm up throughout the week.

Original Story from GCSAA

Also on hand for the event is Penn State student James Seisun.  James is from England and is completing his internship at Aronimink to fulfill the requirements for graduation as part of Penn State’s Golf Course Turfgrass Management Program (the 2-Year Program).