It's hard to imagine how hot it was over the summer at some of our events. Now that it is freezing, we have put away our summer clothes, and the sun sets at about 4 in the afternoon these days, lets reminisce on the top 5 hottest days of the 2013 MGA Championship Season (of course, this is all in jest, we love what we do, even when the weather makes it challenging!):
5. Monday, June 24 - Member day at Meadow Brook Golf Club & Junior Amateur qualifying at Agawam Municipal Golf Course
Boy, was it hot out that day. Lots of going inside to the clubhouse where the very nice bartender kept refilling pitchers of ice water. And later, sitting under the scoring tent near the 18th green getting attacked by bugs - I guess the bugs were cranky about the heat too. Meanwhile, across the state at Meadow Brook, Kevin was sitting on a porch sweating to death.
4. Wednesday, September 11 - Day 2 of the Senior Amateur Championship
After a stretch of really nice, seasonable weather, Mother Nature threw us a curveball, with temperatures soaring to 97 degrees at Haverhill Country Club. We made the agonizing decision to move the scoring area indoors...yeah that was a tough decision.
|This guy's got the right idea...|
3. Monday, June 17 - US Pub Links qualifying at Maplegate Country Club & Mass Amateur qualifying at Plymouth Country Club
Not only hot, but humid and rainy as well! The trifecta! I often judge the weather by the way my hair is behaving, and it was quite the sight that day. Kevin was at Plymouth Country Club, and his only memory of the day was "Well, I remember chugging a lot of water that day." #hydrate
2. Monday, July 15 - US Amateur qualifying at Weston Golf Club & New England Amateur at Green Mountain National Golf Course
Oh man. This day haunts my dreams sometimes. SO HOT. So sweaty. No breeze. Meanwhile, up on a mountain in Vermont...it was hot too.
drum roll please...
1. Sunday, July 7 - Mass Amateur course setup at Longmeadow Country Club
Well, Jesse, Kevin and I had completely sweat through our clothes by the time we got to the 2nd hole. I don't even know what to say about this day... We did have some delicious burgers at Max Burger in Longmeadow later that evening (thanks to Tim Quirk, club pro at Longmeadow CC!), so I guess it wasn't such a terrible day.
Of course, it goes without saying that the grounds crew at these courses (and all our member courses, for that matter) kicked butt this past summer. Working in some really difficult conditions, they helped us continually run successful championships, qualifiers, and member days. And I can't forget to thank our officials - who volunteer their time - for helping us make these events possible. They are out on the course no matter what the weather is doing, making sure everything is running smoothly.