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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sim Park golf course closed due to hail damage

By SARAH TUCKER
The Wichita Eagle

Sim Park golf course is closed today due to Wednesday night’s hail storm.

The storm damaged all 18 greens and caused significant leaf litter on the course as well. The hail also shredded trees from South Riverside Park to Evergreen Park, near 25th and Arkansas.

Doug Kupper, Wichita parks and recreation director, said that his staff will repair divots “with spoons and probably dining forks” and use mowers to mulch the leaf litter.

“Mother Nature put too many divots into the greens over there to make it playable,” Kupper said.

Botanica, located next to the golf course, was also affected by the hail storm but remained open today.

“Some of our bigger flowers got shredded pretty heavily by the hail stones,” Kupper said.

There was no building damage at either Botanica or Sim Park. The golf course is set to reopen Friday.

Reach Sarah Tucker at 316-268-6514 or stucker@wichitaeagle.com.

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