the issue due to the lack of airflow there.
Without heavy equipment, it wasn’t even an
option. But when some of the guys brought
over theirs, we were able to knock it out in a
day. That’s just one example of how valuable
the day is for us,” said Ketchum.
When all was said and done, the entirety of
Walnut Lane had been root pruned, and thanks
to two Ventrac mowers, old stumps were
grinded and brush removal was completed. The
group of volunteers were treated to a well-earned cheesesteak lunch from neighboring Da-lessandro’s and a talk with Philadelphia Eagles’
great Mike Quick, who currently serves as a
First Tee of Greater Philadelphia board member.
“The course would not be in the shape it
is today without the support and dedication
of the many superintendents, crew members
and vendors who have helped us for a number
of years,” said Bill Hyndman, V, The First Tee
of Greater Philadelphia’s Executive Director.
“These individuals, who all have difficult jobs
themselves, selflessly take time each year to
help us and we can see that they have made a
MORE THAN $500,000 worth of First Tee investments and in-kind services has been totaled in the past
three seasons. Approximately $60,000 worth
of tree work was donated by Asplundh Tree
Experts. A $65,000 cart path project added
nearly 2,300 liner feet of new paths. Buckley
Construction stepped up to replace missing
fence and gates, totaling an estimated $12,000.
Overhauls on the clubhouse and First Tee
offices are underway as well.
It’s these generous gifts – and these are just
a few examples – that have paved the way
for quality improvements at Walnut Lane. The
Alexander Findlay-designed track is beginning
to reach its potential with the help of many.
Combine that with passion and commitment of
The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia, and you
can see why excitement is rapidly evolving.
“The arrow isn’t pointing anywhere but up
at this point,” said Brown. “Having grown up
right on the course, this is where I learned the
game. But, additionally, it also taught me many
lessons in life. If it weren’t for Walnut Lane, who
knows what position I would be in today. It’s
because of that I’ve chosen to give back and
I’m incredibly thankful to see others taking the
same approach.” m