Women in Turf Team gear up for biggest challenge to date
Leading turf professionals from across North America will come together to form the all-female volunteer turf crew at next week’s US Women’s Open.
The tournament, to be staged at the iconic Pebble Beach, is the third time leading females have been invited to volunteer, and is expected to draw bumper crowds and TV audiences following the announcements that former winner Annika Sorenstam had accepted a special exemption to play, and Michelle Wie West will also make a return in what could be her final major appearance.
Before the first ball is hit, the course will be meticulously prepared throughout the week by Pebble Beach Superintendent Bubba Wright and his crew – including the all-female volunteer team.
Volunteers will also benefit from education seminars throughout the week.
Jill Seymour, Golf Course Superintendent, Charleston Springs South Course, New Jersey, who was part of the team last year at Pine Needles, North Carolina, spoke exclusively to Syngenta Golf about her experience at the tournament, including her primetime interview The Golf Channel.
Looking ahead to next week, Alex Hills, Senior Assistant Superintendent at Bay Hill Club, Orlando, gives a flavor of what we can expect at Pebble Beach.
Good luck to all the volunteer turf crew and to Bubba Wright and his team at Pebble Beach. Look out for a special episode of the Syngenta Growing Golf podcast next week with Bubba Wright and Kimberly Gard, who helped create the initiative alongside Troy Flanagan at The Olympic Club in 2021.