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Kevin Ross, CGCS

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  1. RW in yoga pants....😂😂....thought it was going to happen!
  2. I’m all in! Do they still have the Olympic MTB course outside Atlanta?
  3. Them are some good voices right there...I tell ya....
  4. RW...I need to bring the mountain bike down and hit the trail with you and the gang.
  5. Keep up the nice work Paul, really enjoy reading the blog and love checking out the photos. Give us a little insight to their bunker maintenance/prep, what they do and don’t if you get a chance. Thanks and have fun!
  6. That can’t be Rockbottom.....looks way toooooo good! Great shots and film👍
  7. Dude....now I know what happened to you....too many crashes with no brain bucket on!
  8. Well done Dave and you are right about Ed Mate.....he is amazingly passionate!
  9. Absolutely superb! You and Momma.....great team!
  10. Randy - When you're in that part of the country (SW CO)....who gives a shit about golf courses!
  11. Love it! The sweatshirt makes the video!
  12. Kevin gives us the heads-up on a durable "alternative" medium to print construction plans: Tyvek! Presented by Tanto Irrigation.
  13. Kevin gives some tips as to shooting the best before- and after photos to properly document a project. Presented by Tanto Irrigation.
  14. Kevin shows us a simple trick to storing, organizing and using T&O containers so the oldest always goes down first. Presented by Milorganite.
  15. Great photo by Tully of the castle. Really like the lighting! Well done.
  16. Back in June, I was headed home from a trip to Minneapolis to visit my son, who had been interning at Toro. My route took me through Des Moines, Iowa, so I decided to visit Rick Tegtmeier. This was my first visit to Des Moines Golf & Country Club, and Rick was anxious to show me around. So, out we went for a tour of the golf course... all 36 holes of which had been completely renovated over the past four years under Rick's guidance. Even though I was on a tight traveling schedule, I really didn't care how long it took -- this was one of those experiences that somehow you know not to rush. I think the tour gave Rick a little relief from everything else that was going on. When I finally got back in the car and on my way, I told my wife that I had a great feeling about the upcoming Solheim Cup in August. I really didn't care how long it took -- this was one of those experiences that somehow you know not to rush. Fast-forward to the recently completed event, and boy was I dead-on! The 2017 Solheim Cup is now among my greatest career experiences, ever. Since arriving back home, I have been asked about my favorite moments or takeaways from the tournament. Let's just say there are so many that it certainly was hard to select just a few to feature for this video. So, here are some of my best takeaways from the 2017 Solheim Cup. It really is just a sampling of great moments, just like I thought there would be when I got back in the car that day in June. It was one great ride, and I want to thank everyone for coming along! Family first. With the Solheim Cup and thousands of fans all around him on Saturday, Rick Tegtmeier shares a moment with his granddaughter while his wife Sherry looks on.
  17. 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! It is always great to watch a team with one common goal working together each day and performing to the highest level... 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.
  18. One evening, early in the week at the Solheim Cup, Rick Tegtmeier was making his rounds and stopped to chat with me. I was just shooting some b-roll video and was in no hurry, so I welcomed the chance to shoot the breeze. That's just what we did. We didn't talk about Poa control or bunkers or fertilizer. We just generally talked about life and some special things he had in store for the tournament. I'll never forget that evening perfect weather, nobody around, just Rick and I catching up on things. It was at that time that Rick told me about his plan for his bunker raking team for the competition. He said he wanted to give back something to family, friends, and industry folks - people who made a difference in his life and career. I noticed he got a little choked up as he mentioned many of those who would be part of Ricks Special Forces Elite Bunker Team. The Special Forces team members would follow each group around the course, inside the ropes, and rake bunkers after them as needed. I'll admit to choking up a little myself as Rick shared his thoughts with me. It was a special time. As he drove away that evening I was humbled by the amount of time we had together. I was also very impressed with his thought process in putting together his bunker team. I'm pleased to say that I met up with two of his bunker team members, Tracey Maddison of BIGGA and Stephanie Schwenke of Syngenta. I was able to get their thoughts on being chosen, as well as their thoughts prior to tournament play, and when it was all over. We certainly had a lot of fun.
  19. At most large golf events, theres usually something unique to contribute to that event's own flair, flavor and personality. LIke the $2.00 pimento cheese or egg salad sandwiches at The Masters, wrapped in green paper so if one gets away it can't be seen on TV as litter. Quintessential Masters, and only Masters. Or, the maintenance staff's toques (a Canadian/northern US term for a knitted winter hat with a beanie on top) at the Ryder Cup last year in MInnesota. Won't see them in Florida. The Solheim Cup at Des Moines G&CC is the largest international sporting event in Iowa's history, with 120,000 tickets sold and over 2000 volunteers on hand. It's a big thing. To take advantage, the club has gone out of it's way to inject as much "Iowa" into this event as possible. Rick pointed out in the last video that, for his part, he wanted to make sure the volunteer staff showcased as many Iowa superintendents, assistants and equipment technicians as possible. Sometimes it's the little things that make a big difference. I spotted two of them on the grounds this week. The fire hydrants and the concession stands are as unique (and uniquely Iowa) as it gets. In this video, Rick gives me the lowdown on both. Now I need to visit one of those concession stands to get me a Maid Rite or some ham balls, maybe some Pella bologna or Puppy Chow (not what you think), a Twin Bing or a breakfast pizza. Those are Iowa things too.
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