Athol Steel, right, president, accepts a much-needed fairway mower from Teven Valley Golf Club owner Greg Allman.
Athol Steel, right, president, accepts a much-needed fairway mower from Teven Valley Golf Club owner Greg Allman.

Teven to Wardell ? help at the grassroots level



IF ANYONE knows the financial realities of maintaining a golf course, it's Greg Allman.

Greg, owner of the Teven Valley Golf Course, says that background experience prompted a recent act of generosity aimed at fostering the sport at the grassroots level.

He recently donated a surplus John Deere fairway mower to the fledgling, community-inspired Wardell Golf Course.

With the cost of a new machine around $100,000, Greg decided the Wardell brigade could put the second-hand unit to good use.

Members at Wardell had been using their own ride-on mowers, along with plenty of volunteer hours, to cut the fairways.

"When Teven golf course was established more than 30 years ago, it was an old dairy farm," he said.

"They would have hewn it out of the old pastures, using slashers and hand-mowers.

"To get Teven up to its current manicured condition takes years without the right gear.

"Our old 'JD' was sitting in our neighbour's shed collecting dust and waiting for me to clean it up and sell it.

"I thought it might be nice to give the Wardell club an early Christmas present.

"We look forward to them prospering, along with all the other courses in our area."



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