Hostile Weather Welcomes Tournament To Town

Published 06/24 2014 09:50PM

Updated 06/24 2014 09:55PM

"It is what it is. There's one thing that you cant control, and that's mother nature." Golf course officials work to get Victoria National ready in time for tee-off, but this week's weather is causing some problems.

The United Leasing Championship returns to Warrick County, bringing rain along with it. Before the cleats hit the fairways, it's up to Golf Course Superintendent Kyle Callaham, to make sure the links are in tip top condition. He says this week he's had a lot of work to do.

"This week has been brutal," says Callaham.

Dark clouds linger over the greens of Victoria National Golf Course, welcoming the United Leasing Championship to town.

"As a Golf Course Superintendent, you have to expect the unexpected."

Golf Course Superintendent Kyle Callaham says this week, it's a battle against the weather.

The weather has gone from extremely dry conditions, to soggy.

"We went from trying to keep it wet, to drying it out, to now, we are wet again. We are going to dry it out in time for the tournament," says Callaham.

Callaham says his job is to maintain a quality golf course, but it's not always a hole in one.

"We had some damage, some broken branches, and trees. A lot of the smaller trees that were broken were new," says Callaham.

The tristate's macroburst had his crews working days to get the course back in shape. On Thursday the pros will tee off, and Callaham says he will have the course ready.

"We are dealing with a living breathing thing, that we push to the highest extreme championship conditions as we can."

The pros are preparing for what the weather may bring as well. "During your tournaments, the courses change. From Thursday to Sunday, it can be a totally different golf course. It can firm up, and I know that this course, when it does firm up, is a lot more difficult," says Pro Carlos Sainz.

Pro Roger Sloan says, "I think its going to play very similar to last year. With it being a little firmer and faster, you're going to have some shorter clubs with some of these holes."

Thursday morning, the tournament begins.

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