Well, even the best laid plans can come unraveled due to Mother Nature.
We began on time at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning and had to stop at 8:30. Rain was falling all morning and the course was becoming saturated, so a decision was made to suspend play as the course was becoming unplayable and lightning was in the area.
I did get to do some squeegeeing on the first tee and impressed PGA intern Tom Hutton! Rain and storms continued until 12:00 p.m. and the decision was made to cancel the round. PGA Professional Ron Hickman, the chairman of the rules committee for this event, did a fantastic job along with the rules committee in a very difficult situation. With a major championship you want to do everything you can to have players on the course, but it just wasn't possible.
I have seen and been part of a lot of events. This morning's evacuation of the golf course was as well organized and professionally done as any I have ever seen. Sycamore Hills Golf Club PGA Head Professional Tim Frazier and CMAA General Manager Don Hunter, along with the volunteers and committee chair, were amazing. It is an impressive group of folks at Sycamore and I can't say enough about the friendly, warm and cooperative nature of the folks of Fort Wayne. It's also exciting to see how much the local media has been around to cover the event. We have been on the news every afternoon and night, with some great coverage and promotion of the event!
PGA Professional and Tournament Director Chris Childers and his staff are working hard on preparing for the next two days.
Hopefully Mother Nature will be more kind and we can get everyone back to golfing their ball!