Throwback to 1957: Proving Grounds For Turf


Proving Grounds for Turf

Originally published by Fred V. Grau. Maryland, 1957

Note to readers of The Golfer: It was my good fortune to have met Mrs. Lengfeld in February at Lousville, Kentucky, through Paul Weiss, president of the Golf Course Superintendents Association, during the National Conference and Show. Our brief talk resulted in this, my first contribution to The Golfer. Reader comments are welcome, especially those that pertain to some problem on the golf course which could develop into an article for future issues.

Hail to the Golf Course Superintendent who, in his efforts to please the golfer, unknowingly provides lawn-owners with precisely the information they need to have "the finest lawn on the street."

Most of the time the guy is so busy supervising the crew on irrigating, fixing divots, raking bunkers, mowing grass and repairing machinery that he doesn't even realize what a terrible job he is doing for the taxpayer who also wants good turf. The Superintendent doesn't actually go out and lecture to garden groups (although some do now and then), but he puts recommendations into practice on his priceless greens, tees, and fairways. When he finishes a season, he knows a great deal more about that new "tool." His findings do not go directly to the taxpayer who wants good turf in his favorite park or backyard, but it gets batted around a bit in the monthly meetings of the Golf Course Superintendents Associations (of which there are many all over the United States) and at the big National Turf Conference and Show held once a year. It was in Louisville, Kentucky, February 1957; in Long Beach, California 1956.

Experiment Station workers study the results on thousands of golf courses. Then they go back to look at their own plots at Spokane's apple-cheeked Anne Quast,is already rated as one of our top golfers. Together, they cut a wide swathe across Florida's fairways during the Winter circuit. Miss Quast was co-medalist and winner of the important Doherty event at Coral Ridge Country Club, where she won an extra hole final against chusetts. The Richardson girl was low amateur in the Serbin Open. As a team, they were finalists in the Hollywood (Fla.) International Four-Ball tournament with the winning duo, Mary Anne Downey and Marjorie Lindsay.

Left to right: Although in a full body turn at the top of the wing, Anne has a good "toe-hold" to the ground with her left foot. In this fine action shot Miss Richardson is shown well balanced as her swing enters the hitting area. Her right leg is releasing its own muscular power as well as permitting her weight to shift. Anne Richardson spins her left hip out of the way and releases great power with her right hip and right hip and right knee on the follow-through.