It was a cauldron out there. A mere 111° (44° Celsius), but it felt hotter. I suspect the epicenter of global warming is somewhere around the eighth hole of the Arroyo course. There can be no question about it – the heat took its toll.
In the last 200 rounds, the average score has been 83.9. The average score Wednesday was just shy of 88, the highest average since this database has been active. Of the fifteen golfers braving the heat, only one, Joel Temple, scored below net par.
- Joel Temple – 68
- Steve King and Dave Inman – 72
- Joel Temple – 77
- Dave Inman – 79
- Howard Jones – 83
Wednesday’s round marked the return of Sandy Wiener. Sandy had left the club for greener pastures a year ago, but apparently had an epiphany that no pastures are greener than those of Gainey Ranch. Sandy celebrated his return to the fold by winning three skins with pars.
Now it’s time to fess up. Score may have been a little higher because the play was on the Arroyo nine twice, the first time from the gold tees and the second time from the green. There were no birdies – none – from the gold tees. The Arroyo nine is generally conceded to be the toughest of Gainey’s three nines. Sure, it was hot out there, but it’s a dry heat.