August 10, 2013
Groton grad keeping wet Oak Hill playable
PITTSFORD — This week’s rainy conditions have kept the grounds staff at Oak Hill Country Club, site of the PGA Championship, busy.
Leading the way is Groton Central graduate Jeff Corcoran, who has been the manager of fabled golf courses and grounds at Oak Hill since 2003.
The latest wet weather is just the latest in a series of challenges that Corcoran and his staff have faced in getting and keeping the East Course, one of two in the Oak Hill layout along with the West Course, ready for the high level of play it’s hosting this week.
Hurricane Sandy hit the country club hard late last October, dumping heavy rain and uprooting a number of large trees. Allen’s Creek, which runs through the East Course layout, has flooded five times since late May due to the heavy rains this summer. The area recorded record rainfall totals for both June and July, capped by a July 3 storm that left over two inches of water on the course.
Corcoran and his staff went through 150 tons of sand in repairing the bunkers that were washed out by the deluge.
One golfer who approves of the work Corcoran and his staff do is Jason Dufner, who fired a course-record 63 Friday for a two-day total of 131 and the lead at the halfway point in the tournament.
The 40-year-old Corcoran, whose parents live in Locke, graduated from Groton in 1991 before earning degrees at both SUNY Cobleskill (1993) and Penn State (1995). He began at Oak Hill as an intern in 1994 and was later promoted to assistant superintendent. After a stint as head superintendent at Weston Golf Club in Connecticut from 2000-03, he was put in charge of Oak Hills maintenance operations.
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