Pat Shingleton: "The Old Course, The Old Forecast..."
You may have noticed a few golfers wearing stocking hats. Not in Baton Rouge, but in Fife, Scotland at The Old Course where weather has always been a factor. The 144th British Open began Thursday, the oldest of the four major tournaments, with daybreak showers then overcast conditions and temperatures at 66 degrees. It's all about the wind for this tournament and they were kicking out of the south, south-west at 20 miles per hour and that gives you a feel-like temperature of 57 degrees. The participating professional golfers will dodge showers and chilly conditions throughout the weekend to hold the Claret. In years past, drought-like conditions resulted in fast greens and even faster fairways. These "links courses" have no trees, a few walls, plenty of deep, pot-bunkers and thick fescue grass. I have had the pleasure of playing golf, across the pond, on a few occasions. Some days may begin with rain and by the time you reach the scheduled course, sunshine could return. Ivar Quigley shared with me years ago, "If you can see the mountains in Killarney, it's about to rain and if you can't see them... it's raining."