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Thursday kicked off right and ended almost dark...


Patrick Andrews

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Before the start of my daily shift, I always eat a bowl of cereal from the canteen at Adare Manor, the best lunchroom I have ever seen. Morning options include cereal, bread, meats to make a sandwich, and fruit. There's coffee and an espresso machine if one is so inclined. Although many varieties of cereal are on offer, I always stick with Coco Puffs.

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A power breakfast to begin a great day.

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A stomach full of cereal and perfect dew coverage makes for a great day to mow greens. Before cutting each green, I quickly walk around, fix any pitch marks and remove any sand splash from the bunkers.

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Ballmarks and sand splash are fixed before greens get cut.

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My second job after greens was to roll tees with a Salsco Transformer fairway roller. I used a smaller roller back at Vineyard Golf Club but have never seen the Transformer in action. We rolled tees to help level them after a solid tine aerification was performed on them last week.

I ended the day playing a round of golf at the course with Jon Kiger and Ethan Ramsey, a Scottish member of the greenkeeping staff.  We started the round a 4:30 pm, thinking we could only make it to 14 before it got too dark, but we were able to complete all 18 by 8 pm. The only problem was that we could hardly see where our golf balls landed when hitting over the water on 18.

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A late afternoon start led us to a very late finish.

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The day started as a regular work day but ended with a very memorable round of golf. Just another reason why I’m fortunate to be at Adare Manor and why I will miss it when I leave in a few weeks.

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