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Crews working around the clock to get course in 'championship shape'

May 20, 2019 10:30 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- After months of planning and anticipation, we are just a few days away from the first round of the Senior PGA Championship. 

And while the fans will start to arrive Tuesday, getting the east course at Oak Hill ready for tournament play is a process that began a long time ago. 

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More than 50 members of the grounds crew work almost around the clock to get this course in championship shape.

Oak Hill Superintendent Jeff Corcoran recently sat down with News10NBC to describe what it takes to prepare the course. 

"They're working 80-85 hours a week in the week's previous. During the week of the championship, virtually the staff is on call during the entirety of the tournament. Their mornings start at 3:30-4 o'clock in the morning and we get our maintenance done ahead of play. They have a little bit of chill time but as soon as play is finished, we'll go back out on the course and start working again. They'll wrap up at 8,9,10 o'clock depending on what the weather is," said Corcoran. 

And when it comes to an event that is entirely outdoors, nice weather is the key to a great time, so we have our fingers crossed! 

News10NBC is the official home for your Senior PGA Championship coverage. We'll have live reports from Oak Hill Country Club and coverage throughout the week on WHEC.com

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