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Hurricane #Sandy…

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I heard on the news last night that there were over 18 million tweets about the latest hurricane to pass through the eastern seaboard. It was used so much to get information out, that some pictures that were being posted were even fake or reused from another weather event that already happened. People had a desperate need to be “the one” to post that insanely intense picture of devastation.

Well, at Stow Acres, we also used twitter to get information out about the course even though our shop was without power fortunately for only 18 hours. Our twitter handle, @stowacresturf, keeps the public and members informed quickly and easily about the course conditions. If you follow us, then you saw yesterday that we were closed. We received 2.6″ of rain from Sandy. We also lost 3 trees in the storm and fortunately about 90% of our leaves as well. We were VERY lucky. Both courses at Stow drain extremely well, even allowing us to mow greens and fairways on the North course today. We had 7 staff members all armed with blowing equipment and chainsaws yesterday for 9 hours diligently cleaning the North course in order. We got through hole 14 and plan to complete the North today and move over to the South course to begin the cleaning process over there. The North is open for play today and allowing carts. Please drive carefully, as we received another 0.7″ last night from the continuing out skirts of Sandy. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation during the cleanup from Hurricane Sandy. I hope everyone reading this is safe and healthy after the storm passed through.

-Jason VanBuskirk, Superintendent

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Author: Jason VanBuskirk

I am the Golf Course Superintendent at Stow Acres Country Club located in Stow, MA. I am entering my sixth season as the course Superintendent. My staff and I are very excited to begin this season as we are continuing to make changes to this wonderful facility. I graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Horticulture and Turfgrass Management. Before Stow Acres, I did an internship at one of the country's top 100 courses, The Stanwich Club located in Greenwich, CT. I worked as an Assistant Superintendent at Oakley Country Club located in Watertown, MA and Stow Acres Country Club South Course before becoming the Superintendent at Stow Acres CC. I am married to my soul mate and we have two incredible kids! My course counterpart, Kingston, loves riding shotgun in the cart. In my downtime I enjoy writing for and managing www.iturfapps.com. Hope you enjoy the blog!

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