The 2017 Solheim Cup is in the books with a victory for the American ladies. It was also a big victory for the agronomy staff at Des Moines Golf and Country Club. Led by Rick Tegtmeier, Director of Grounds, and superintendents Nate Tegtmeier and Tim Sims, the course staff and volunteers all pulled together to make this tournament an unqualified success. The condition and playability of the golf course was spectacular, applauded by both US and European players.
What I will remember most about the tournament was the atmosphere of collegiality and cohesiveness among the agronomy team. It was fun to see the mix of management, full-time, seasonal and volunteer staff become such a cohesive working unit. The camaraderie level both at the maintenance facility and on the course during work shifts always seemed to be at level 10. It is always great to watch a team with one common goal working together each day and performing to the highest level. There is no better feeling!
Congratulations to Rick, his entire staff, and a fabulous group of volunteers for a job well done. I feel honored to have been a part of it.
Stay tuned, as my Takeaways from the Solheim Cup will be coming soon.