Clipped From The Minneapolis Star
SO LET'S REPLACE 'EM, STILL Greenkeepers Fame Over Divots By BILL CARLSON Minneapolis 8lar surf Wrlttr Ooops! Somebody put his loot in It. (Guess who.) The moaning and the groaning groaning of green- green- keepers and greens chai r m e n has been terrific all week ever since Herb Cohrs, crack Minneapolis Golf club greens e x pert, was quoted as saying a divot isn't so import-tant. import-tant. import-tant. "What're you trying to do ruin our golf courses?" the greens men are demanding. And Cohrs, a sincere, hardworking hardworking greenkeeper, has taken taken as much heat as anybody. "For years," growled Ray Swanberg of MGC, "we've been spending a lot of money and a lot of time educating golfers to replace divots. "Now we've got to start all over again." Greens men are up In arms. One of the clubs held a special special meeting Thursday night to talk about it. "Divots," they concluded, "must be replaced." That Includes dry weather, wet. hot or snowy. "If those divots never grew again," said Len Bloomquist, who grows lush grass at Superior, Superior, "I'd insist they be replaced. replaced. It would be a terrible mess otherwise. "Over a period of .years, half the sod of a golf course is lost in divots. You certainly aren't going to wait for wet weather to put all that turf back. At Minnesota Valley Frank Chellis, until this year president president of the Minnesota Green-keepers Green-keepers Green-keepers association, had the same reaction. "A divot may not grow in dry weather. But there's no use letting a golfer get out of the habit of replacing 'em," he said. There's a definite technique for replacing a divot, of course. "You just can't throw a bit of sod back toward the hole. Or try to fit a fresh clump of sod into an old, dry divot. You've got to put the sod back carefully, and then step it firmly into place with your foot," according to Art Anderson, Anderson, University of Minnesota Minnesota greens veteran. Pretty generally, the sentiment sentiment follows the same pattern. pattern. And local greenkeepers, who are regarded as some of the best in the entire country, probably have a point. But the upshot of the whole thing is this: Herb Colirs w a right. v o t don't grow back in dry weather. weather. But it was probably probably wrong to let the secret out. Now greens men in all of the Twin Cities' golf courses may have to start educating golfers all over again about replacing divots. So lot's be good kids. Let's get back into the habit again, shall we? Let's put those D&!V"'r! divots back in sun or rain or cyclone.