One of the underappreciated challenges for golf course superintendents hosting major golf tournaments is the amount of time they spend dealing with the media, both before, during and after their events. It's an amazing opportunity for the industry and the profession, but it can be daunting for superintendents trying to juggle a million other responsibilities during those times.
Case in point this week, obviously, is Matt Shaffer, the director of golf course management at Merion GC in Ardmore, Pa., the host of this week's U.S. Open. Despite a mile-long to-do list, Shaffer has still been making time to accomodate media requests from both near and far, including one from a radio station in Kansas City which interviewed the long-time GCSAA member for its weekly Sunday morning golf show. That interview is posted above.
With tournament week upon us and Mother Nature doing its best to change the storyline for Shaffer, East Course superintendent Aaron McCurdy and the rest of the maintenance team at Merion, those requests are only going to increase in frequency. We'll do our best here to keep you informed about those opportunities, if only to highlight the challenges facing those superintendents and, maybe, make them a little more appreciated going forward.