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En-Joie grounds crew keeping course dry despite recent rain

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ENDICOTT (WBNG) -- The En-Joie Golf Club grounds crew is trying to prevent any unnecessary water hazards along the course for the upcoming DICK's Sporting Goods Open.

Less than a week away from the big tournament, everyone at En-Joie are all hands on deck when it comes to getting the course in top shape, but they said the rain has slowed things down.

"It's been wet, it's been humid, and it's been hot and the surfaces are soft right now, so the players are going to be playing on some soft surfaces," said En-Joie Golf Club Superintendent, Anthony Chapman.

Chapman said he and his team have been working hard to keep the course dry.

"There may be some low areas where we may have to remove some water," said Chapman. "There might be some areas where we stick pumps into the well and we can pump water out that way."

A wet course means it will be difficult for players to hit the golf balls far on the greens and the fairways will be muddy, but Chapman said he believes they are ready for the tournament, despite the rain.

"I think we're well prepared, we can handle all that, so I see it another successful DICK's Sporting Goods Open," said Chapman.

The DICK's Sporting Goods Open will kick off Friday, August 17 until Sunday, August 19.

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