In two years, Bob Farren, CGCS, will know how Jim Prusa feels.
Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina is where Farren serves as director of golf courses and grounds management. In 2014, Pinehurst will play host to back-to-back weeks featuring the men and women U.S. Opens, which will be quite a feat, and, definitely, a test for Farren and his staff.
Last month, Prusa and his crew aced the test.
Prusa, director of golf courses and laboratory at Sky 72 Golf Resorts at Incheon, Korea, kept busy when back-to-back professional tournaments came to his courses. The first event was the LPGA's KEB HanaBank Championship at the Nicklaus-designed Ocean Course (where the golf course management staff includes Nam Tae-il, Kang Young-nam, and Pang Soo Won). The following week, the KLPGA KB Financial Star Championship was held at the Sky 72 Hanul Course, where Min Jo is the superintendent.
A 14-year member of GCSAA, Prusa and his staff were recognized by KEB HanaBank champion Suzann Pettersen (who posed with the superintendent's staff in the image above).
"I think the greens have been fantastic all week," Pettersen said at the time. "They've been rolling really pure, very speedy at times. I think the course has been in the best shape we've ever seen it, so it was nice to obviously execute and play well."