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Wienecke, Chambers Bay’s first caretaker, resigns after six years

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on May 4, 2012 at 6:15 pm with No Comments »
May 4, 2012 6:15 pm

Dave Wienecke, the only superintendent Chambers Bay Golf Course has ever known, resigned Thursday after nearly six years on the job.

No specific reason was given, but Chambers general manager Matt Allen said Wienecke’s departure was under good terms.

“We are certainly supportive of him and his transition,” Allen said.

Josh Lewis, who was hired last December to work under Wienecke, will serve as the interim superintendent at the 2015 U.S. Open course in University Place.

Allen said the opening will be officially posted Monday within KemperSports Management. No timetable for finding Wienecke’s replacement was set, but Allen added a hire should be made by the end of 2012.

Wienecke, who first broke into the industry as an agronomist in the 1970s, was KemperSports first hire for Chambers Bay in July of 2006. Four years later, he had the course in tip-top shape for the 2010 U.S. Amateur.

Wienecke oversaw a work crew of 25 to 30 people.

Allen feels the course is in good hands with Lewis, who worked at Bandon Dunes Golf Course in Oregon, and was previously the assistant superintendent at Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, Calif.

“He’s got the fescue (grass) experience certainly we were looking for,” Allen said. “And he is a known quantity to us. He was a great fit, great choice for the assistant position, and undoubtedly will seek to be a candidate for the head superintendent position. But he will have to compete.”

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