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Superintendents Escape All Too Common Spring Weather At West Slope Event
by Andrew Nikkari, Assistant Superintendent, Bookcliff Country Club

Let’s have a meeting, in April, in the mountains – what could go wrong? Well for 60 superintendents and affiliate members, it looked as if we might not catch a break this time. It never fails. So often here on the West Slope we watch weather systems travel to the north or south and go around us, even as the local weather person has promised a chance of moisture for days. Sometimes it seems as if it only rains when we wash our cars or when we finally get a chance to play a little golf. Thankfully, that wasn’t how it turned out April 24th when we gathered at Gypsum Creek GC for the West Slope Superintendents spring meeting. Cool weather and a few sprinkles were all we experienced and it didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s spirits.

After a continental breakfast and a chance to catch up with many people we don’t get to see often enough, we settled into the educational portion of the meeting. Gypsum Creek is currently going through the final stages of a complete irrigation system renovation and the key players in this project presented to us some of the challenges they faced during the past 4 years to reach this almost complete final product.  Our host Gypsum Creek Superintendent Ben Montoya, gave us some background of his golf course and the story of how the irrigation renovation project came to be. He took us through the timeline of the past 4 years and how they developed this new system over a number of years. Irrigation designer Brian Keighin of Irrigation Technologies then related how he came to be involved and his thoughts on the changes that have been made. Finally project manager Tim Hubbard of Heritage Links, the irrigation installation contractor, gave us an idea of the challenges they faced while working in this mountain environment.

With the presentation concluded everyone then hit the practice areas, grabbed a lunch and headed out for a little fun. This was when it appeared that Mother Nature might get a little ugly, but nothing ever really organized and the day turned out to be great. The format was a 2-man blind draw with the winning team being Doug Choate and Mike McFarland.

I would like to thank our sponsor for this event, Brian Keighin of Irrigation Technologies. He really went above and beyond to take time out of his busy schedule to not only be our sponsor, but to be a part of the educational portion of the meeting also. Sorry to say he wasn’t able to stay around and enjoy the course with us in the afternoon. He really embodies what our affiliate members represent. All of them have been so supportive over the years and these meetings wouldn’t happen without them. Thank you to Ben Montoya for also doing double duty and to his crew for the excellent condition of the course along with the whole Gypsum Creek staff for making this such an enjoyable day for everyone. We will see you this fall again, if not before.

If anyone is interested in hosting a future West Slope meeting feel free to call me or shoot me an e-mail. We love to move it around as much as possible, so we are open to going anywhere west of the divide. Thanks to the RMGCSA and everyone across the state for supporting these meetings.









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