By, Cole Golden, WGTF Master Golf Teaching Professional

Last weekend, I attended the USGTF Southwest Region Championship hosted at Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club in Plano, Texas. The two-day event was held over the weekend. I left Kansas on Thursday afternoon, and prior to packing I looked at the forecast, which called for temperatures in the low 90s and ZERO chance of rain!

Saturday’s forecast was spot-on, hot and windy. While at dinner that evening, afternoon showers were added to the weather report; no big deal for our event, since we were teeing off in the morning. Sunday morning, I woke up to the sound of rain outside my hotel window. A few afternoon showers had turned into rain all day.

As you can guess, I didn’t come prepared. When I packed my car in Kansas, I removed my umbrella, extra towels, weather-proof pullover and bucket hat out of my golf bag. Why? I really don’t know. I assumed that the weather wouldn’t change that much in a few days! So when tournament director Bruce Sims said it was time to play, in the rain, I went into panic mode.

Fortunately for me, a few of my fellow playing competitors had some items I could borrow. I procured rain pants, a jacket and a few towels. Teeing off without being prepared for the weather was a horrible feeling. I was nervous about keeping my grips dry; I was a mess. It rained for the next few hours until the storms turned into a pretty nice afternoon.

On the drive back home, I laughed at myself. If this had happened to one of my students, they would have gotten a lecture! I would have told them that they need to be prepared for any type of inclement weather and that it’s better to have too much than not enough. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been playing the game. Sometimes we are reminded of the basics, like being prepared, the hard way!
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