A weekend storm left trees snapped and at least one uprooted at the Altoona, Pa., course just two weeks before the invitational, which will host 256 golfers.
The crew at Park Hills Country Club in Altoona, Pa., is cleaning up after a weekend storm before its Classic Invitational next week, the Altoona Mirror reported
The storm, which took place July 7, left downed trees, wires and scattered debris with thousands of residents in Blair County without power, the Mirror reported.
The invitational, which is scheduled to begin July 19, is not expected to be impacted by the storm damage and will host 256 golfers, Golf Pro Troy Monahan said.
The storm cut a line through the trees of the course’s third, seventh and 11th holes and cleanup began the following day. Most of the trees near the seventh and 13th holes snapped and between 15 and 20 trees were damaged near the 13th hole. One tree on the course was uprooted, the Mirror reported.
Superintendent Chris Colton sent out emails to members for help and several responded.
A clubhouse awning was damaged while a portable bathroom, tee and sponsor signs were blown over. However, none of the greens were damaged and the club is looking to open the front nine by July 10 or 11, the Mirror reported.
A crew from Hart’s Tree Service cleaned up downed trees and pulled branches hanging on the inside of treetops on Monday. Jeremy Hart, who owns the company, said it was the biggest job his service has taken and he estimated the cleanup would take three to four days.
“I don’t want to put anybody out there unless everything is 100 percent safe,” Colton said.