Cutler Robinson, Bayville Golf Club's director of golf course operations, had a problem when he arrived at the club on Sunday to prepare the course for the scheduled resumption of stroke-play qualifying at 8 a.m.
"The coffeemaker stopped working," he said. "That's the most important piece of equipment at 5 in the morning."
Thankfully, the lack of caffeine for Robinson, his crew and USGA agronomist Darin Bevard was the only hiccup as they prepared the course following the 1.6 inches of rain that fell on Bayville, and the 6,187-yard layout was ready for the restart.
And with the forecast for Sunday calling for occasional light rain and even a possible appearance by the sun in the afternoon, the course will dry out gradually. A northeast wind ranging from 15 to 30 miles per hour will keep temperatures in the 60s, further help wring out the course and continue to challenge the field. However, the weather is relatively benign compared to yesterday, which offered what nearly every player considered to be the most difficult conditions in which they have ever competed.
"It's playable today," said Dawn Woodard, who played four holes this morning and finished with a score of 79. "It's a little wet out there, but it's not anything like it was yesterday. It was just a survival. There were some groups with all three players who were having to take relief from casual water on every shot. And it's not raining sideways on you, so you can actually think. Today, you can stand there, figure out your shot, figure our your yardage."
-- Hunki Yun