Sandy Pounds Mid-Atlantic Region

By Darin S. Bevard, senior agronomist, Mid-Atlantic Region
October 31, 2012

 The overall impact of Sandy on golf courses in the Mid-Atlantic Region is still being assessed, but as this image from Mike Salvio, Superintendent at Ocean City Golf Club show, some courses have a lot of cleanup ahead.

Reports coming in from the field suggest that the impacts of Hurricane Sandy are far reaching. Coastal golf courses in Maryland and Delaware suffered heavy wind damage. However, saltwater inundation from the storm surge is a far greater concern in these areas. Further inland, heavy flooding occurred on many golf courses, and of course, wind damage. Ironically, there are golf courses that are essentially untouched by the storm with the exception of leaves and debris. As of the writing of this update, many are still assessing the damage, but for sure, there is a lot of work to be done. We hope that everyone stayed safe during the storm. If any input regarding storm related cleanup is needed, please do not hesitate to contact us. We also encourage you to read the Northeast Region update for valuable information regarding salt injury that also applies to this region.

The Mid-Atlantic Regional agronomists are part of your agronomic support team.  If you have a question or concern, give us a call or send an e-mail.  You can reach Darin Bevard (dbevard@usga.org) at 610/ 558-9066 or Keith Happ (khapp@usga.org) at 412/ 341-5922.

 

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