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Most of the weather reports provided by the USGA meteorologist for the Sandhills region during the past few days have included phrases like “excessive heat” and “uncomfortably hot.” It’s not an overstatement. Due to very high humidity, the heat index at The Country Club of North Carolina was expected to be well over 100 Thursday afternoon. Not surprisingly, it has led to a variety of challenges for the players.
“It’s really humid so I have new gloves because I just sweat through them,” said Haley Andreas of Pacific Grove, Calif. “I have a few towels and I am constantly wiping off my grips and hands. That’s actually one of the struggles is being able to grip your club because it’s so hot. But it’s manageable.”
For Thursday morning’s winners, there is another round to be played this afternoon, when temperatures are at their highest.
“I’m just drinking a lot of water right now,” said stroke-play medalist Danielle Kang, who will face Andreas in the third round. “I’m trying to eat food but I’m not really hungry because I’m drinking so much water. I’m not worried about playing 36 holes in one day, I just don’t want to get dehydrated.”