It took a few minutes to realize what was different, then it became obvious – there were no leaves on the trees and the grass wasn’t all bright green as normal. But that’s the norm in March, even late March. So nothing unusual there.
What was unusual is the Liberty District high school golf tournament is normally played in late September or early October, when trees are full of leaves and the grass on the fairways, rough and greens is all very bright green and thick. This year, the high-school golf season for Virginia public schools was postponed until March because of the pandemic.
So when the 2020 Liberty District tournament, officially a region qualifier this season, actually was played March 29 in 2021 at the Herndon Centennial Golf Course, trees were still plenty bare of leaves and there were some brown patches where the grass wasn’t yet fully green and thick.
“All of the courses look so different this time of the year, because of the lack of leaves,” Yorktown High School coach Chris Williams said. “You can see things you haven’t seen before.”
As the season continues for three more weeks or so, nature should be back to normal by then, with trees full of leaves and thick green grass everywhere. It will be April then, which is still an unusual time, though, for the public-school prep golf season in Northern Virginia. That is not back to normal.
– Dave Facinoli