At the 2022 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, stroke play co-host Blue Mound Golf and Country Club in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, dealt with a limited amount of daylight to perform maintenance and they were walloped with 5.3 inches of rain in 22 hours. Fortunately, superintendent Alex Beson-Crone, senior assistant Dan Vater and the maintenance team found ways to deal with both.
From the outset, hosting a September championship meant there wouldn’t be much maintenance performed in daylight. While investigating options for portable lights, they discovered a 6,000-lumen, battery-powered LED light fixed to a tripod. Purchasing several of these provided enough supplemental lighting to perform tasks like raking the deep, grass-faced bunkers safely and quickly in the dark. The lights take just seconds to set up and are easily transported. After the championship, the team at Blue Mound has continued using them since the shorter days of fall mean more maintenance must be done in the dark.