PRIMM, Nev. – The strangest thing happened yesterday at the practice round for Golfweek’s Conference Challenge. Just before the teams were about to head out on the Desert Course at Primm Valley Golf Club for a 1 p.m. shotgun start, a lightning bolt was spotted close by.
Now picture this: you know the cartoon with Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner, where the storm cloud dumping rain hovers above the coyote and he can’t seem to get rid of it? Well, that was the case here yesterday. For more than two hours, teams watched and waited for the cloud that produced very few rain drops, but plenty of electricity, to go away.
Once play resumed, in order to make sure the entire 18-team field would have the chance to see every hole, it was agreed that teams would take carts and spend no more than 10 minutes per hole. And guess what? It worked. While cruising the golf course, players and coaches marveled at the concept.
Who knows, we might even be on to something here to speed up those dreaded six-hour practice rounds … Beep, Beep!