The good news for the U.S. Amateur Public Links field is the wind is not blowing this morning. The bad news, it rained most of the night and it is still streaming down softly this morning, making things quite damp. On Monday at Bandon Trails, the competitors dealt with gusty winds most of the day and then rain in the afternoon, making things highly challenging.
"I was putting my umbrella up and down," said Canadian Charlie Hughes, a University of Washington junior-to-be who won the Gonzaga Invitational at Bandon Dunes earlier this year and opened with a solid 1-over 71. "The weather was wild."
Hughes' score was well under the field average of 78.5.
Today, the APL competitors move over to Old Macdonald, where the Women's Amateur Public Links field averaged 82.6 on Monday. The WAPL field takes on Bandon Trails today.
The weather forecast is calling for more showers today, but the winds won't be as strong. Our on-site meteorologist Jake Swick said in his morning report that winds could get up to as high as 15 miles per hour. On Monday, the gusts were in the high 20s and temperatures were in the upper 50s.
Welcome to golf on the southwest Oregon coast. The first two days of practice rounds were baked in sunshine. Hopefully that weather returns as the championship moves into match play, beginning on Wednesday at Bandon Trails (APL) and Old Macdonald (WAPL). The low 64 scorers and ties move into the match-play segment of the championship. -- David Shefter