As this week continues, you can bet that Pat Finlen, CGCS and the agronomic preparations of The Olympic Club for this week's U.S. Open are going to get plenty of media attention.
It's really already started. Well in advance of the championship, inside looks at what will take place on the Lake Course have already put the spotlight on golf course management activities here at Olympic. Two in particular to make you aware of as we continue to help you get ready for the Open and our inside-the-ropes coverage of maintenance activities:
- OK, you didn't think I'd let this go without pointing you toward my cover story on Finlen and the U.S. Open from the June issue of GCM, did you? If I do say so my dang self, lots of good information on Finlen's career in golf course management and the work that was done at Olympic in advance of the tournament.
- There will be a decided Midwest feel to the 112th U.S. Open, at least to the maintenance side of it. Finlen spent his formative years, both personally and professionally, in the Kansas City area, and there will be an army of Kansas City superintendents helping out this week (not to mention some of Kansas City's finest BBQ gracing the maintenance team's afternoon meal one day). The Kansas City Star chronicled that in a story that appeared in Sunday's edition.