Dick's Sporting Goods Open preview (with photos)

By Caroline Goggin

August 6, 2014 Updated Aug 6, 2014 at 6:58 PM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Dick's Sporting Goods Open is less than a week away and with time running out, workers are taking to the greens for some last minute preparations.

Mowing the lawn, mulching flower beds and raking sand traps were just a few of the jobs done by groundsmen.

"We're making sure the golf course is ready for the players," said tournament director John Karedes. "They are going to be competing for $1,850,000."

With that much money on the line, getting En-Joie golf course in perfect condition is top priority.

However, the work schedule for a groundskeeper this week looks a lot different than next week's.

"We come in here at 4:30 a.m. everyday and we go out and we mow, when it's still dark," said seasonal employee Jesse Keough. "We go out with our LED lights on our mowers. After that, we come out and we rake all the bunkers just to make sure they look TV-friendly and everything."

They also make sure the grounds look consistent and polished, which can sometimes be difficult because of one unpredictable factor.

"A lot of what we do is dependent on the weather," said golf course superintendent Rocco Greco. "Excessive heat will change our day-to-day process and obviously rain will. So far, it's been going great though."

Positives thoughts, such as that, are echoed by all involved in the tournament.

"Things are going great, deliveries are being made," added Karedes. "We have the finishing touches on our tents, our bleachers, our reserved seating, a little bit of paint here and there. The golf course is in great shape. So things are coming together."

Organizers estimate 80,000 to 100,000 people will fill the greens next week.

For more information on next weeks events, or to buy tickets, visit the tournament's website.

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