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Groundscrew Puts in Long Hours at Future Masters

When it comes to the course here at the Future Masters...the players have the same thoughts...

"The course is in great shape. They were perfect, I loved it. I think this is definitely one of the best," one player said.

"The groundscrew does a great job. This course give you and opportunity to score because if you put the ball in play you have a chance at a birdie," another one said.

These compliments don't come easy. It's all thanks to hard work and long hours....very long hours.

"I'm out here before daylight and usually don't leave until right around dark," Tim Etheridge said. Etheridge is the Golf Course Superintendent for the Dothan Country Club.

Most workers are out here every morning at 3:30 with flashlights to prepare the course for the first tee time at 6:30..

Tim Etheridge - Golf Course Superintendent
"They mainly are out here and get the course ready for play then they come back in the evenings and work until dark. They've been doing that since last Saturday and will finish up tomorrow afternoon."

As expected, doing this everyday gets tiring.

"By Saturday they've about had enough."

It's a job not a lot of people think about, but the players are thankful for it, it pays off for the workers as well.

"We take a lot of pride in taking care of what we call 'championship greens."

Thanks to their hard work, these championship greens live up to their name.


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