Behind every good Jamie Farr tournamentWritten by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
You know the old saying, “Behind every good man there is a better woman?” Well, the same could be said for the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic, except in this case, it is two men behind the scenes helping to create a successful tournament for the women golfers of the LPGA Tour.
Nick Myers, head PGA professional, and Dan Salois, golf course superintendent, are responsible for the care and organization of Highland Meadows Golf Club 365 days a year as well as the golf tournament.
Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania is again the site of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic presented by Kroger hosted June 28 through July 4. It annually draws the biggest stars from the LPGA ranks to compete for the $1 million purse and benefits more than 115 charities in the Toledo area.
As head golf professional at Highland Meadows, Myers, spends countless hours on the practice range improving members’ golf swings, provides up to date information on golf equipment and supervises the operation of the golf shop.
In addition to his day job, he is also involved in several key areas of the Jamie Farr. The only difference for him during tournament week is that instead of focusing on the members, he is focused on assuring an enjoyable experience for fans, vendors, sponsors and the lady pros.
Nick and his 20 member staff coordinate the merchandise tent, score board and oversee the fleet of golf carts used throughout the grounds by rules officials, vendors, volunteers and LPGA staff. It is a job that involves some long days and nights.
Myers is a graduate of BGSU and is in his eighth season at Highland Meadows. He enjoys the golf club and has seen membership numbers grow in recent years in spite of current economy conditions. He credits this to an outgoing, family friendly club, exposure to the community from the Jamie Farr and an excellent golf course.
Washington State University turf science grad, Dan Salois, came to Highland Meadows Golf Club six years ago and is in his third year as golf course superintendent. Dan and his 20 member crew are responsible for the overall condition of the golf course. When I asked him what he did differently to prepare for the tournament he responded, “Nothing. I believe strongly in providing the same high quality golf course for our members every day as for the LPGA event one week per year.”
Salois’ biggest challenge in course maintenance just prior to the event is working around the various crews building tents and grand stands. The course is in excellent condition despite all of the hot weather and tropical rains thus far in 2010 and no significant changes have been made to the course since last year.
The greens will be running at 10 –11 on the stimpmeter and the rough will be maintained at 2 and a half throughout the week of the tournament. The LPGA monitors course conditions throughout the week to make it fair and playable for all the lady golfers.
The Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic is a very important event for the greater Toledo area and brings in much needed dollars to the local economy, as well as, to fund local charities. The tournament, Highland Meadows and the community are very lucky indeed to have dedicated “Professionals” like Nick Myers and Dan Salois to help make it a huge success.