Inside the warm and windless clubhouse was the popular place to be during a recent afternoon when the Concorde District high-school golf tournament was played at the Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton.
The conditions outside on the 18-hole golf course where the high schoolers were trying to play were very windy and very wind-chilling cold. As a result, there weren’t many watching on the final hole and the crowd didn’t get larger as the event went on as is usually the case at a high-school golf event.
Instead, the clubhouse was crowded or some waited in their cars to avoid the rough elements.
The players admitted being cold, but dealt with the tough gusty scoring conditions the best they could – dressing warmly and trying to hit their shots low to stay out of the wind. Sometimes players wore gloves between shots. Some sported multiple jackets.
The conditions were certainly raw and rough that day, not warm and friendly golf weather.
“It was a guessing game,” Madison High School golfer Drew Miller, who shot 77 and won low individual honors, said in regard to hitting with and against the wind and all.
Madison coach Jon Eisman figured the wind made the 18-hole tournament scores some 10 strokes higher for each player.
Those spending any time outside in the elements at Laurel Hill that day weren’t arguing otherwise.
– Dave Facinoli