Local golfers teed-off at weather

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Golfers in northeast Indiana who’ve been patiently waiting for Spring will have to wait a little longer. According to club pros, most public courses in the area open around the second week of March, but this year, courses are hoping to be ready by the first week of April even though most of them are still covered in snow.

“It’s hampering the golf season,” golfer Jeff Auker said.

Most golfers said this is the latest they remember the season starting. Some even recall being able to play rounds of golf this time last year. However, staff at private golf courses such as Sycamore Hills said they haven’t been affected yet because they normally don’t open until the middle of April anyway. They have to give time for the course to thaw and green in order to preserve it.

Not everyone sees the weather as a negative. The weather has actually been a plus for the annual Northern Indiana Golf Show which was held at the Coliseum this weekend. Organizers said around 5000 people came out which increased attendance by about 10 percent. One organizer said the attendance spike could be because the golfers aren’t otherwise occupied.

“Certainly with this weather, nobody’s playing any golf at this point in the year,” George Hays, the show director said.

Golfers said they will continue to patiently wait for the weather to cooperate.

“We’re ready for the snow to melt, and all of the grass to get green again and start playing some golf,” Brian Straley with the Fort Wayne Golf Association said.

The Fort Wayne Golf Association is holding its first tournament April 19 at the Riverbend Golf Course.

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