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CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, February 8 - Monday, February 11, 2008 - 113 Paul Bunyan an,t Cape Region golf courses Ste,e Zeveney is acting like Paul Bunyan this winter, and many Cape Region golfers should be very happy. The longtime golf course superintendent at Shawnee Country Club is focusing 9n cut- ting trees during the current off season. Zeveney recently showed me some of the significant tree removal and tree-trimming he and his crew have already done. It's really impressive, especially for golfers who long ago discovered how little truth there is tothe claim that trees are 90 percent air. The photograph accompanying this article shows two large stumps on the back side of the second hole. The one in the foreground has recently been cut, and several inches of the large old tree's base are still visible. Just behind it is the site of a former, similarly large stump, now covered with topsoil and grass seed. Zeveney explained that for many of these trees, he plans to continue this approach to cover- ing the stumps, instead of remov- ing them. "We can pull some of them out, but others are just too big. Covering with dirt and seeding them over works in a lot of places," he said. The par-five eighth hole's tee box areas are also opened up, compared to the aerial biomass hazards that discouraged thou- sands of golfers for many years. Zeveney and his staff cut down trees that blocked light and air at the back tee location. They also removed several large branches that overhung the middle tee box area. Those branches often played havoc with golfers using the back tees who hit either a high draw or high fade. In October 2000, Stanley Zontek of the USGA's Greens Section visited Shawnee and sug- gested the club should do exactly what's now been done at the GOLF Fritz Schranck eighth hole. He said, "The USGA uses a line of sight guideline to keep branches or trees from blocking a line from the tee box edges to the fairway edges. The club can certainly leave them in place, because it's just a guide- line, but if the USGA held a com- petition here those branches and trees would go." Glad to see it happen. In addition, Zeveney's staff removed several pine trees that ringed the edges of other greens, notably at the third and seventh holes. These pines stood on the downslopes of the green com- plexes. They not only blocked the sunlight on the green, affecting the tuff, but also made mowing more difficult. Chris Adkins, the golf superin- tendent at The Rookery Golf Course, was the former greenskeeper at Shawnee. Adklns said the greenside pines were never intended to be permanent additions to the Shawnee land- scape. "They were put in when that part of the course was first opened up, to provide some framing for the holes. The assumption was that they'd be spaded and removed from those spots after a few years." As often happens in golf course planning, however, a few years st State Homes, ,,c. This 1600 sq. ft. ranch w/attached 2 car garage can be built on your lot for $137,900 Includes: well & standard septic central air/heat dishwasher 2x6 exterior walls all permits sidewalk & stone drive + much more Other ranches, capes & 2 stories available. Call for information o 302-703-2697 can quickly turn into a couple decades if you're not careful. Adkins has his own wintertime project, and it's a wet challenge. Muskrats have burrowed through the bentonite clay that once formed a solid underwater barrier for the Rookery's irriga- tion ponds. The new holes are draining the ponds, and Adkins plans to re- plug the holes to keep the ponds operating as planned. First, however, he has to catch all the muskrats. "We've hired a trapper and he's getting them. Once he's finished, we'll start filling the holes, either with new bentonite or some other method." Jim Prucnal, the superintendent at Kings Creek Country Club, is putting the finishing touches on a major increase in the golf course's irrigation system. He and his crew installed nearly 130 new spray heads, at five per hole, to water the rough areas adjacent to each green. "We tapped off the existing lines. The extra heads mean that we'll extend our [irrigation] run times at night." Each winter, all of the Cape Region greenskeepers work on larger-scale renovation and repairs they can't realistically per- form during golf season, such as these projects. Fritz Schranck photo A large tree stump will soon be covered with topsoil and seeded, much like the stump sitting between it and the sec- ond hole's green at Shawnee Country Club. It's part ofa win- tertime renovation project by golf course superintendent Steve Zeveney. If you see them on your home course this winter or early spring, fred a way to thank them for all their efforts. SHORT PUTTS - The golf course hole-by-hole handicap allocation service can be accessed at www.holebyhole.com. Send news about local tournaments, charity golf events, holes-in-one and other golf news to fschranck@ holebyhole.com or steveh@capegazette.com. Stretch Yourself Learn how SvaroopW Yoga tan change your life. Enjoy... Better F]exibilily Menial Clarily Pain & Slress Relief More Energy FAMILY NIGHT is FRIDAY NIGHT 12 PC. BUCKET 2 LARGE SIDES + 6 ROLLS $19.95 Remember: - OPEN DAILY AT 10:30AM LEWES 645-4151 REHOBOTH 227-2922