“Follow the Roar” at the Greenbrier
The forecast for the weekend is for major excitement on the links and some intrigue in the weather as the 3rd and 4th rounds of the Greenbrier Classic play out in White Sulphur Springs.
Weather-wise a few late afternoon showers are in the forecast in the lush Greenbrier Valley on Saturday though much of the day should be rain free. My concern is for the Saturday night blockbuster concert at the fairgrounds as Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley work their magic. Have the rain gear handy at night as showers may congregate in time for this country music extravaganza.
By Sunday, while many areas enjoy a hazy and sticky day, there are growing concerns that showers and thunderstorms may park in the Greenbrier Valley for a time. This will make the final round of the Greenbrier Classic a real shootout. Rain softened greens and perhaps even a lift, clean and place rule could mean some really low numbers.
On the other hand, a thunder or rain delay would be fan and TV viewer unfriendly. Let’s wait and see how the radar sets up on Sunday. I will be there with rain poncho in tow just in case.
By the way, it was nearly 40 years ago that I attended my first golf tournament in Philly with my dad. That was the 1972 US Open at venerable Merion. Dad routed for Lee Trevino, the Merry Mex and I cheered for Jack Nicklaus.
Seven years later, I was on my own with my friends at the IVB Classic in Whitemarsh Valley (a suburb of Philly). By then a college student at Drexel University, I asked my dad, “so how do you know where to go at a golf tournament”? Dad’s answer was prescient. “You follow the roar and always be close to a par three in case there is a hole in one”.
Sure enough, Hubert Green caught fire that Sunday afternoon. Following his roars as dad had recommended, we made it to the par 3 12th hole in time to see Green make an ace!”
So just as my dad suggested to me 40 years ago, I say to young golf fans, “follow the roar on Sunday”. Since there is a million bucks up for grab for a Sunday hole in one at the 18th , I will bet the grandstands will be jam-packed for Sunday’s final round rain or haze!