2019 Daniels Inside Scoop on Country Club of Charleston – LPGA

2019 Daniels Inside Scoop on Country Club of Charleston - LPGA

At US Womens Open, the heat is on (and so is the drought)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) – Golf organizers for the U.S. Womens Open expect thousands of people to be in Charleston this week for the major golf tournament. It will be held at the Country Club of Charleston on James Island near the intersection of Folly Road and Maybank Highway.

Traffic is expected to be heavy around these areas and spectators are asked to take a shuttle to get to the course. Here are the details for two shuttle drop-off and pick-up locations:

According to golf organizers, shuttle service will run between the Citadel Mall and the 2019 U.S. Womens Open Championship at the Country Club of Charleston on a continuous basis. Shuttle service begins approximately 45 minutes before the first tee time each day of the practice rounds and championship and runs until approximately one hour after play concludes.

While Harbor View Elementary is located near the course, Charleston County School District staff do not anticipate a significant impact on the schools operations, according to spokesperson, Andy Pruitt.

Staff from our districts Office of Transportation met with staff from Charleston Police Departments Traffic Unit and the tournament organizers a few weeks ago, Pruitt said. CPD will have ample personnel in place throughout the area… we will be able to contact the Command Post to address issues if they arise.

1/2 The Wappoo Cut Drawbridge on the Intracoastal Waterway in Charleston County on Folly Road Blvd will close to maritime traffic during morning and afternoon time periods June 1 & June 2 to accommodate traffic during the US Golf Associations Womens Open Championship… pic.twitter.com/a6gcOCadi3

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Two-time U.S. Womens Open champion Inbee Park, clutching an ice-pack to her chest, tries to minimize the heat during Tuesdays practice round for the U.S. Womens Open at the Country Club of Charleston. Wade Spees/Staff 

Two-time U.S. Womens Open champion Inbee Park and her ice-pack wielding caddie deal with the heat during Tuesdays practice round for the U.S. Womens Open at the Country Club of Charleston. Wade Spees/Staff 

Anna Nordqvist and other golfers line up at the driving range during Tuesdays practice round for the U.S. Womens Open at the Country Club of Charleston. Wade Spees/Staff 

So Yeon Ryu watches her drive on the 12th hole during Tuesdays practice round for the U.S. Womens Open at the Country Club of Charleston. The Open is one of five major championships on the LPGA Tour. Wade Spees/Staff 

Two-time U.S. Womens Open champion Inbee Park, clutching an ice-pack to her chest, tries to minimize the heat during Tuesdays practice round for the U.S. Womens Open at the Country Club of Charleston. Wade Spees/Staff 

Two-time U.S. Womens Open champion Inbee Park and her ice-pack wielding caddie deal with the heat during Tuesdays practice round for the U.S. Womens Open at the Country Club of Charleston. Wade Spees/Staff 

Inbee Park struggled to play 10 practice holes in Mondays 100-degree heat at the Country Club of Charleston, and then found herself too tired to venture out to sample Charlestons famed dining scene.

“Its really hard to get yourself outside the dining room  because you are just so exhausted after playing the golf course,” said Park, a two-time winner of the U.S. Womens Open.

“I really didnt expect this kind of weather in May. So I think its going to be a little bit of a surprise to everyone, but the summer has begun.”

Summer is not yet officially here, but the time is already right for record heat and drought, a huge part of the story at this weeks U.S. Womens Open. The heat is challenging for players, caddies, fans and the grounds crew at the Country Club of Charleston.

“It feels like 105 degrees out there,” said U.S. star Lexi Thompson, who managed to play 18 holes on Tuesday. “I mean, Im from Florida, but it was still tough for me out there.”

Temperatures hit 100 degrees on Monday, got nearly as high on Tuesday and are expected to remain in the 90s the rest of the week. In addition, the Charleston area has gotten only about half as much rain as usual through this time of year.

Anna Nordqvist and other golfers line up at the driving range during Tuesdays practice round for the U.S. Womens Open at the Country Club of Charleston. Wade Spees/Staff 

“Extreme heat today,” read a weather advisory on scoreboards around the course. “Please take precautions and drink plenty of water.”

The USGAs John Bodenhamer, senior managing director of championships, said he had no concerns about losing control of the course despite the heat and drought.

We do not. We feel really, really good,” he said. “Shannon Rouillard, our championship director, who oversees the golf course, and the golf course superintendent here are in close touch.

“In speaking with players this morning, I think every one of them spoke about firmness and felt like they probably had an expectation of seeing it a bit firmer. I think that the golf course superintendent here has got a great handle on it. The Bermuda (grass) is growing rapidly. We think we couldnt be in a better place. Its not too firm, and its just about perfect.”

Park, a Korean who has won seven major titles in her career, had to battle just to finish 10 holes on Monday.

“This golf course, were going to have to really fight the heat this week,” she said Tuesday. “The weather is really, really hot. I really struggled to play 10 holes yesterday in the heat. Im just trying to get my body ready for the tournament, and I think its just going to be a really, really hot week.”

Park said its important for players to pace themselves so that they dont burn out before the tournament even starts on Thursday.

“You just drink a lot of water and try not to burn yourself up before Thursday,” said Park, who won the Womens Open in 2008 and 2013.

“I know that I really want to see the golf course as many times as I can. But at the same time, you kind of have to avoid yourself from doing that, because playing 18 holes three times before the tournament will definitely burn you out.”

So Yeon Ryu watches her drive on the 12th hole during Tuesdays practice round for the U.S. Womens Open at the Country Club of Charleston. The Open is one of five major championships on the LPGA Tour. Wade Spees/Staff 

For Country Club of Charleston course superintendent Paul Corder and his crew, the recent drought has been as much of a challenge as the record heat wave.

According to the National Weather Service, there has been 7.46 inches of rain at the Charleston International Airport this year. Thats a deficit of 8.38 inches over the normal 15.84 inches the Lowcountry would experience by this time of year.

“Six months ago, we were begging for it to stop raining,” said the Country Club of Charlestons Frank Ford III, general chairman of the U.S. Womens Open. “And now it hasnt rained in three months, so it does present some challenges.”

Chief among those is keeping the grass adequately watered, and preventing the greens from getting too crispy in the heat.

“Our water supply is critical, like at any course,” Ford said. “With the evaporation of water from the ponds, we are pumping it in as fast as we are pumping it out at the same time to do the things we need to do.

“But I think we have it under control, and I think the temperature is going to roll over a little bit for us. I think it will be okay.”

For the USGA, which runs the Womens Open, the heat and drought have fed into its goal of making the major championship a difficult test for the worlds best golfers.

“Its fast and dry, which is what we hoped for,” Ford said. “This is what the USGA wants. The firmer and faster the golf course is, the tougher it will play.

“It might play shorter, but you have to be straighter and have to know what you are doing with your irons.”

Fast and firm fairways might also cause balls to roll out into trouble. The USGAs goal is for 2½-inch rough around the fairways.

“When a golf course is wet like it was six months ago, the ball just lands in the fairway and stops,” Ford said. “Now, you are seeing it roll off in the rough a little bit.

“The idea is to have 2½ inches of rough, and we knew that would be a little bit of a challenge this early in the season,” Ford said. “It might be a little inconsistent. You might have a 2-3 inch deep lie, or you might be sitting on top. But with the course this firm, even the good lies and the wispy rough, the ball will jump out of there and be hard to control.”

“The greens are great, and I think the USGA has them about where they want them,” Ford said. “They are probably trying to pull in the reins a little bit, so they dont get too far too fast.”

7:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Emma Talley, Princeton, Ky.; Ally McDonald, West Point, Miss.; Mariah Stackhouse, Riverdale, Ga.

7:11 a.m. – 12:56 p.m. – Sarah Schmelzel, Phoenix, Ariz.; Yu Liu, Peoples Republic of China; (a) Yuka Saso, Philippines

7:22 a.m. – 1:07 p.m. – (a) Alexa Pano, Lake Worth, Fla.; Fatima Fernandez Cano, Spain; Jimin Kang, Scottsdale, Ariz.

7:55 a.m. – 1:40 p.m. – Stacy Lewis, The Woodlands, Texas; Georgia Hall, England; Lizette Salas, Azusa, Calif.

8:06 a.m. – 1:51 p.m. – Cristie Kerr, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Anna Nordqvist, Sweden; Shanshan Feng, Peoples Republic of China

8:17 a.m. – 2:02 p.m. – Sei Young Kim, Republic of Korea; Pernilla Lindberg, Sweden; Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand

8:28 a.m. – 2:13 p.m. – (a) Jennifer Kupcho, Westminster, Colo.; (a) Sierra Brooks, Orlando, Fla.; (a) Maria Fassi, Mexico

8:39 a.m. – 2:24 p.m. – Jennifer Song, Orlando, Fla.; Celine Boutier, France; (a) Leonie Harm, Germany

9:01 a.m. – 2:46 p.m. – Prima Thammaraks, Thailand; Maria Torres, Puerto Rico; (a) Karoline Stormo, Norway

9:12 a.m. – 2:57 p.m. – Jing Yan, Peoples Republic of China; Jasmine Suwannapura, Thailand; Tiffany Chan, Hong Kong China

7:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Austin Ernst, Seneca, S.C.; Marina Alex, Wayne, N.J.; (a) Jiwon Jeon, Republic of Korea

7:11 a.m. – 12:56 p.m. – Supmas Sangchan, Thailand; Hayley Davis, England; (a) Ty Akabane, Danville, Calif.

7:22 a.m. – 1:07 p.m. – (a) Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif.; Caroline Masson, Germany; Ryann OToole, San Clemente, Calif.

7:33 a.m. – 1:18 p.m. – Brittany Altomare, Tampa, Fla.; (a) Shannon Johnson, Norton, Mass.; Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass.

7:44 a.m. – 1:29 p.m. – Minjee Lee, Australia; Jinyoung Ko, Republic of Korea; Inbee Park, Republic of Korea

7:55 a.m. – 1:40 p.m. – Jenny Shin, Las Vegas, Nev.; (a) Patty Tavatanakit, Thailand; Anne Van Dam, Netherlands

8:06 a.m. – 1:51 p.m. – Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand; Sung Hyun Park, Republic of Korea; Lexi Thompson, Delray Beach, Fla.

8:17 a.m. – 2:02 p.m. – Nelly Korda, Bradenton, Fla.; Brooke Henderson, Canada; Danielle Kang, Las Vegas, Nev.

8:28 a.m. – 2:13 p.m. – In Gee Chun, Republic of Korea; Amy Yang, Republic of Korea; So Yeon Ryu, Republic of Korea

8:39 a.m. – 2:24 p.m. – Esther Henseleit, Germany; Marissa Steen, West Chester, Ohio; Stephanie Meadow, Northern Ireland

8:50 a.m. – 2:35 p.m. – TBD Player 70,; Saranporn Langkulgasettrin, Thailand; (a) Gabriela Ruffels, Australia

9:01 a.m. – 2:46 p.m. – Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras, Thailand; Jenny Haglund, Sweden; TBD Player 75

9:12 a.m. – 2:57 p.m. – (a) Amanda Hollandsworth, Floyd, Va.; Babe Liu, Chinese Taipei; Charlotte Thomas, England

12:56 p.m. – 7:11 a.m. – Chella Choi, Republic of Korea; (a) Kaitlyn Papp, Austin, Texas; Jeongeun Lee, Republic of Korea

1:07 p.m. – 7:22 a.m. – Hannah Green, Australia; Heather Young, Fort Worth, Texas; (a) Albane Valenzuela, Stanford, Calif.

1:18 p.m. – 7:33 a.m. – Hyojoo Kim, Republic of Korea; Jiyai Shin, Republic of Korea; Mi Hyang Lee, Republic of Korea

1:29 p.m. – 7:44 a.m. – Laura Davies, England; Karrie Webb, Australia; Leona Maguire, Republic of Ireland

1:40 p.m. – 7:55 a.m. – Na Yeon Choi, Republic of Korea; Brittany Lang, McKinney, Texas; Eun Hee Ji, Republic of Korea

1:51 p.m. – 8:06 a.m. – Jessica Korda, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; Azahara Munoz, Spain; Jaye Marie Green, Jupiter, Fla.

2:02 p.m. – 8:17 a.m. – Morgan Pressel, Boca Raton, Fla.; Gerina Piller, Roswell, N.M.; Paula Creamer, Pleasanton, Calif.

2:13 p.m. – 8:28 a.m. – Angela Stanford, Saginaw, Texas; Jodi Ewart Shadoff, England; Charley Hull, England

2:24 p.m. – 8:39 a.m. – Wichanee Meechai, Thailand; Ashleigh Buhai, South Africa; (a) Yuri Yoshida, Japan

2:35 p.m. – 8:50 a.m. – TBD Player 109; Dori Carter, Valdosta, Ga.; Ingrid Gutierrez Nunez, Mexico

2:46 p.m. – 9:01 a.m. – (a) Rose Zhang, Irvine, Calif.; TBD Player 113; Pornanong Phatlum, Thailand

2:57 p.m. – 9:12 a.m. – Megan Osland, Canada; (a) Megha Ganne, Holmdel, N.J.; (a) Megan Furtney, South Elgin, Ill.

12:45 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. – Lindy Duncan, Plantation, Fla.; Jacqui Concolino, Orlando, Fla.; Gaby Lopez, Mexico

12:56 p.m. – 7:11 a.m. – Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso, Monaco; (a) Jennifer Chang, Cary, N.C.; Delfina Acosta, Argentina

1:51 p.m. – 8:06 a.m. – Angel Yin, Orlando, Fla.; Jeongeun6 Lee, Republic of Korea; Pei-Yun Chien, Chinese Taipei

2:02 p.m. – 8:17 a.m. – Mirim Lee, Republic of Korea; Su-Hyun Oh, Australia; Katherine Kirk, Australia

2:24 p.m. – 8:39 a.m. – Yan Liu, Peoples Republic of China; Jihyun Kim, Republic of Korea; (a) Dasom Ma, Republic of Korea

2:35 p.m. – 8:50 a.m. – (a) Reagan Zibilski, Springfield, Mo.; (a) Sabrina Iqbal, San Jose, Calif.; Amy Ruengmateekhun, Garland, Texas

2:46 p.m. – 9:01 a.m. – (a) Gina Kim, Chapel Hill, N.C.; Jiyu Jung, Republic of Korea; Olafia Kristinsdottir, Iceland

2:57 p.m. – 9:12 a.m. – Rachel Rohanna, Marianna, Pa.; (a) Auston Kim, St. Augustine, Fla.; Wei-Ling Hsu, Chinese Taipei

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