b'CHIP SHOTSThe Family PlanEric Johnson beefed up his greens crew with his four sonsE ric Johnson has been the director of agronomy at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. since 2012. As the head superintendent responsible for the care of the course, he has seen, and overseen, a lot, with the most high-profile being the 2015 U.S. Open and subsequent changeover of the course from fescue to Poa. In August, the U.S. Womens Amateur came to town, and Eric brought in a little extra help to get the course in shape for the national championshiphis four sons.Two of the sons were already on staff at Chambers Bay. Tate has been the equipment technician for the past year, maintaining all the mowers; and Ryder has been working the grounds for five years, with the first four spent as a landscaper before joining the courses greens crew last year.Grady, just 17, came on board just a few weeks ago and will stay through the summer, before heEric Johnson had his four sons working with him to prepare Chambers Bay to host the returns to Peninsula High SchoolU.S. Womens Amateur. Left to right are Grady, Tate, Eric, Ryder and Reece. in nearby Gig Harbor in the fall.And Reece is the assistant superintendent at Salt Lake Country Club in Utah. He wasthe bunkers, all that stuff, to get the course ready for the brought in specifically for this championship, and specificallyday. Theyre done by 5:30am or so. When the players and to spend time with his dad and his brothers because it was hischampionship staff start showing up, were gone.25th birthday during the week of the championship.Eric was the superintendent at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort All in, the Johnsons have been working together atfor nine years before coming to Chambers Bay. He studied Chambers Bay, preparing the course for the championship, forturf management at Oregon State University, and son Reece three weeks. And during the championship week, they loggedalso studied there before taking his job at Salt Lake CC. some long hours. Something of a family business, you might say. Lucky for Its about 20 hours a day during an event like this, EricChambers Bay, and lucky for the U.S. Womens Amateur. said. Theyd get up at 1:00am and be on the mowers by 1:30, cutting the fairways and greens, and the tee boxes, rakingTom Cade, Editor12PACIFIC NORTHWEST GOLFER| SEPT 2022'