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Early birds catching the warm

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A grounds crew worked on clearing out leaves and other debris on the No. 2 fairway Tuesday. Pictured are William Rose, left, and Bobby Polley.
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TOP: Ben Brunsman putts toward the hole on Tuesday at Willowbrook Country Club. He and about eight other men came out to the course and promised they would be back today if the weather holds. Club manager Doug Fischesser said the grass will be a lot greener by opening day at the end of April. RIGHT: A grounds crew worked on clearing out leaves and other debris on the No. 2 fairway Tuesday. Pictured are William Rose, left, and Bobby Polley.

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With spring clean-up starting, early birds are out catching the warm at Willowbrook Country Club.

On Tuesday, a group of groundskeepers raked leaves and shoveled sand out of the No. 2 fairway. The fairway floods when the creek that runs through it comes up. Rushing water brings uprooted trees and other debris down the creek and it lodges under a bridge. All that has to be removed before the course opens.

Still, three groups of three men played through, taking advantage of Tuesday’s early spring warmth. One chuckled as he said not to let his wife know he was there, because “I’m supposed to be at work.” Others laughed at him, “Yeah, right.”

Club manager Doug Fischesser came out to check on the work. Three of the club’s 18 holes – 6, 10 and 13 – had been covered up for the winter, trying to encourage growth. Work crews removed the covers Monday and found bright green grass underneath them. There is still repair work to be done on those greens and Fischesser said they’ll be putting down a new layer of soil where needed, then seeding and fertilizing it.

Soon, the grounds crew will be putting down nitrogen-rich fertilizer on fairways and greens, and then they’ll put on a layer of crab grass retardant. It’s just part of getting ready for the club’s official opening day at the end of April.

Fischesser is looking forward to a busy season. The men’s league starts Wednesday play on April 3; the women’s league goes on Thursdays through the summer; and the Howden (Roots) league is on Mondays. Fridays will feature a Hits and Giggle league, for couples.

Five outings for various groups are already scheduled.

The Connersville High School boys golf team’s season is mid-April to mid-May, and the girls team plays there in August and September.

The 18-hole golf course is located at 1982 W. Country Club Road. Fischesser said memberships are available by contacting the pro shop at 765-825-2216.