East Lake Golf Club Shines during 2009 Tour Championship Despite Record Rainfalls

Ralph Kepple, CGCS at East Lake Golf Club, talks about the amazing performance of the drainage system during the 2009 Tour Championship. The city of Atlanta experienced severe flooding in the week prior to the tournament, and East Lake Golf Club received over 12″ of rain. Ralph details how, in the face of these conditions, not only was the tour able to play the ball down all four days of the tournament, but how he only had to skip mowing one day!

Ralph was nominated for TurfNet’s Superintendent of the Year in 2007, and has been at East Lake since 1992. He has been involved in a major renovation by Rees Jones in 1994, a greens conversion and bunker renovation in 2008 and numerous other renovation projects to the historic golf course where Bobby Jones learned to play the game.

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