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Member Tournament Prep at Tara Iti


Patrick Andrews

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Tournament week here at Tara Iti. The Kayne Cup is a 40-hole member-member tournament. It has four different formats. Two nine holes better ball, Chatmin 9 hole, nine-hole scramble, and a four-hole shoot-out. This is the first Kayne Cup since 2018 since COVID.

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My favorite part of working on a golf course is seeing a beautiful sunrise. If you look close enough, you can see the Waxing Crescent moon.

Starting the week was the 2023 women's Kayne Cup that started on Sunday-Tuesday. Wednesday was an off day. Thursday-Saturday was the Mens Kayne Cup.  They moved the 9-hole format to Thursday with bad weather expected on Friday and played 27 holes.

We cut greens and cups every day. Fairways/tees were cut on Monday. Surrounds were cut Monday and Wednesday. The start time was 5 am, and we had to be off the course by 9 am.

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List of equipment needed for morning setup and also for the mechanic.

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Fairway units cutting on eight fairway with a storm on the horizon.

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The course was drying down and had the nice links glow.

Once the tournament started each day, we had to be off the course. We spent our time working at housing sites and landscapes around the course. Once the tournament was over, we interns and assistants returned to the course to do some hand watering and cleaning up the driving range for the following day.

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Thursday, after the men finished the first 18, we went out and changed all cups raked bunkers, and watered greens for the next round.

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Friday was a rain day for everyone but Jason Lemire (irrigation tech), Jack Sudnokovich (intern), and Graeme Jones (intern), and I cleaned the pump filters.

Overall the Kayne Cup has been successful. The course looks and plays amazingly well, and the members are enjoying their time. We will have no tournament on Sunday but starting next week, the member-guest will begin.

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Vintage beverage carts used for the tournaments. One was serving ice cream the other had sandwiches and drinks

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