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Equipped in Iowa

Des Moines G&CC equipment manager Blake Helland is relishing his first experience with tournament golf during Solheim Cup.


Blake-HellandBlake Helland is experiencing his first golf tournament. Not a bad way to be introduced to it, right?

Helland is the equipment manager at Des Moines Golf and Country Club, where the Solheim Cup is wrapping up today. Helland started at the club in January, making the transition from a non-golf career. Previously, he served as a technician at Audi for 15 years.

"So far, it's been an amazing experience," Helland says.

Des Moines G&CC director of grounds Rick Tegtmeier, CGCS, MG, along with his superintendents Tim Sims and Nate Tegtmeier, say that Helland quickly made an impression. "He never had sharpened a reel before, but he's not afraid to do anything. He stays busy," Rick Tegtmeier says.

Helland even has devised a way to remove tines from their cages faster and easier, he says. Helland's contraption: he took a piece of scrap metal, a bolt, a spring, and he uses a hammer to remove the tine from the cage.

Helland, 35, sees this job as a perfect fit. "I like to be outdoors. I see myself as a jack-of-all-trades," he says. "I like the ability to problem-solve, make sure these guys can keep this course as nice as it is."

Howard Richman is GCM's associate editor.