Thank yous all around on this one: GolfTripX, Green Lakes super Kevin Carroll, Rocky the PGA Head Professional, and the rest of the team, and Matt Mulcahy of WSTM. GolfTripX made the piece look great, Kevin was an invaluable resource regarding the restoration, and Matt, the reliable face of Central New York News for over a generation, has played the course for over 35 years.
From the article:
Green Lakes and Bethpage Black share something else in common in Kevin Carroll, a crackerjack young rising star of a superintendent. Carroll spent 14 years working on the Bethpage grounds crew, starting as an intern and working his way all the way up to First Assistant Superintendent, before taking the Head Superintendent position at Green Lakes. Carroll was an integral member of the grounds crews that prepared Bethpage Black for the 2009 U.S. Open and the 2012 and 2016 Barclays FedEx Cup Playoff events.
““Working at the big tourneys taught me how to improve the playability of a golf course under any conditions, even those most hostile to healthy turfgrass and soils,’ Carroll explained.
He was on the ground implementing state-of-the-art practices and using all the latest greatest whiz-bang technology at the biggest golf events in the world. Now he brings that wealth of experience to Green Lakes.”
It just goes to show: sometimes the best stories are the ones you find at home.