Bill Nichols

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Nelson's TPC greens damaged by severe hailstorm

IRVING _ Crews scrambled to repair damage from a severe storm that hit the TPC Four Seasons at Las Colinas Tuesday night, pummeling the golf course with jagged hail.

Hardest hit were the bent grass greens that had been finely manicured for this week’s HP Byron Nelson Championship.

``It looks like 18 perfect greens with about 4,000 divots,’’ said Four Seasons director of golf Paul Earnest as he leveled marks on No. 18 by hand.

Grounds crews rushed to get the layout ready for Wednesday’s Golf Pro-Am, painstakingly applying divot tools, rolling the greens, prepping bunkers and clearing tree limbs and other debris caused by strong winds. On Tuesday night, Four Seasons employees were evacuated to a tunnel beneath the clubhouse.

Although putting surfaces can heal quickly, rough spots are likely to factor into play because of the size and volume of marks caused by chunks of hailstones, some of them measuring more than three inches in diameter.

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