From Williamsport to K.C.: World Series are nothing new for turfgrass student

When TV coverage of the World Series begins tonight (Oct. 21), the first thing most viewers will notice is the immense crown cut into the centerfield grass of the Kansas City Royals' Kauffman Stadium. What they won't see is that there was a little bit of Penn State skill used in crafting that image, thanks to a member of the Royals grounds crew.

Walking a Mile in an Intern’s Shoes

When Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw completed the renovation of Pinehurst No. 2 they left the grounds maintenance staff a faster, firmer golf course that rekindled the spirit Donald Ross had originally envisioned for his masterpiece. One of the most talked about parts of the renovation are the natural areas, which feature native wiregrass along with a host of other plants that give No. 2 its classic look and feel. I got to spend quite a bit of time in these natural areas over the past three weeks and there’s a lot more that goes into maintaining them than I had initially imagined.

An Intern Takes Two

One of the most challenging and exciting times in a turfgrass intern’s life is getting the opportunity to prepare a golf course for a major tournament. It demands long hours, sustained focus and strenuous attention to detail. The back-to-back U.S. Open Championships at Pinehurst No. 2 present an historic once-in-a-lifetime chance for an intern like myself to learn what goes into creating the playing conditions demanded by the most rigorous challenge in golf.

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