June Gloom in the Hamptons

Is the USGA jinxed? After the biblical rains at Merion, thunderstorms are expected through Sunday at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., where the U.S. Women’s Open gets underway today. The air is sticky—humidity is 99%—but there is virtually no wind. That may change. “We’re only one mile from the Atlantic, and right on the water at Peconic Bay,” said superintendent Garret Bodington in a Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) interview. “If it blows 10 to 15 miles per hour, you’ll probably see about even par win it. If it doesn’t blow like that, 2- to 4-under could be the winning score. But if it really blows, which will make it even harder, 4- to 6-over might be what we’ll get.” Brisk winds coupled with Sebonack’s slick, undulating greens will make for great theater in the Hamptons for the duration of this keenly anticipated championship. 


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