Golfdom Gallery: July 2015

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1. Walk the line
Danny Vandecoevering, Charbonneau GC, Wilsonville, Ore., keeps a straight line as he mows No. 17 green at Chambers Bay.

2. Greetings from beautiful Washington State
Dave Oatis, USGA Northeast Regional Director, and Kimberly Erusha, Ph.D., USGA Green Section Managing Director, may be northeasterners, but they look at home in the Pacific Northwest, too.

3. He’s got a point
Mike Davis, executive director of the USGA, stopped by the maintenance facility on the Sunday afternoon before the tournament to greet the 170 men and women ready to maintain the course. For a full transcript of Davis’ talk, visit

4. The big train is coming
Kabe Hockema, a student at Oregon State University, grapples with a quick coupler while a train of mowers (see photo 8) heads his way.

5. Busy Beavers
(L to R) Micah Woods, Ph.D., chief scientist at the Asian Turfgrass Center, Eric Johnson, director of agronomy at Chambers Bay and Tom Huesgen, CGCS at Sahalee CC, Sammamish, Wash., were classmates at Oregon State University.

6. Poster boy
J.C. Childree is the superintendent of the Nicklaus Course at The Club at Carlton Woods, in The Woodlands, Texas. He’s also the subject of that USGA poster he’s looking at — that’s him visiting with USGA Senior Agronomist Chris Hartwiger.

7. What’s cookin’?
It was Italian meatballs on this day at the 
maintenance volunteer tent.

8. Mower madness
A train of Toro fairway mowers almost as far as the eye can see take care of a fairway in one fell swoop at the 2015 U.S. Open.

9. They see me rollin’
Akoni Ganir, Winchester CC, Meadow Vista, Calif., not only had the coolest name on the grounds crew, he also knew how to make rolling look good.

10. Why are these guys smiling?
(L to R) The Toro Co.’s Jamie Bergen, Chambers Bay equipment manager Jerry Holcomb and Toro’s Boyd Montgomery and Jim Heinze smile in a temporary tent constructed to shelter all that red equipment they love at Chambers Bay.

11. Oregon State Alumni party
Or at least that’s what it felt like at times at Chambers Bay. All the Oregon State crew members — both grads and current students — assembled for a team photo in their favorite color, orange.

12. They scream for ice cream
There was some, uh, debate between Marcus Lakey, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Bandon, Ore., and Jeff Stephenson, Tokatee GC, Eugene, Ore., on who actually owned that ice cream cone. Judging by this photo, Lakey won the debate.

13. No autographs, please
J.C. Childree (center) encouraged co-worker Tim Huber (L) of The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas, and Scot Dey (R), Mission Viejo (Calif.) CC, to smile big for this photo. After all, images of him have been known to grace posters at major sporting events (photo 6).

14. Hang loose
How chill is this bunker raking crew? Cool enough to look into the morning sun for a cool photo.

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Photos by: Seth Jones (1-5, 7-14) | Tim Huber (6)

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About the Author: Seth Jones

Seth Jones, a 25-year veteran of the golf industry media, is Editor-in-Chief of Golfdom magazine and Athletic Turf. A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Jones began working for Golf Course Management in 1999 as an intern. In his professional career he has won numerous awards, including a Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) first place general feature writing award for his profile of World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman and a TOCA first place photography award for his work covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In his career, Jones has accumulated an impressive list of interviews, including such names as George H.W. Bush, Samuel L. Jackson, Lance Armstrong and Charles Barkley. Jones has also done in-depth interviews with such golfing luminaries as Norman, Gary Player, Nick Price and Lorena Ochoa, to name only a few. Jones is a member of both the Golf Writers Association of America and the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association. Jones can be reached at

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