Last Modified: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 3:07 PM
SULPHUR — While the rain has not washed the city golf championship away for the summer, it has pushed it back a few weeks.
The three-day tournament set for Frasch Park starting this Friday as been moved to Aug. 3-5.
George McInnis, golf pro at the course, made that decision Wednesday after touring the holes.
“It was a tough decision but the right one,” said McInnis.
The rains this week have made the grass grow higher than expected and made it impossible to maintain and have ready for play Friday.
“You want to put on a good show and a fair tournament,” said McInnis. “We will just not be able to do the things we want to make the course ready for a big event. Even if the rain stopped right now, we would not be able to mow the grass to get it into playing shape.”
So McInnis was forced to make the tough call and tell the players. He still expects 60-80 golfers to take part in the event.
“Nobody is going to die because we postponed it, but it is disappointing for us,” said McInnis. “We had things really ready to go. We had the course in great shape and we had what we thought was going to be a good tournament.
“We were ready and then the rain. We can’t do anything about the rain.”
Looking on the bright side, the tournament may actually get more attention with the later date. It won’t played at the same time as the Battle of the Bayou softball tournament, which is taking place Friday and Saturday night’s just down the road at McMurry Park. The rain has not put a damper on those events.
“We are good to go,” said Sulphur Parks and Recreation Executive Director Norman Farr. “The fields are in great shape and the facility is ready to go. We are looking forward to a big weekend.”
The two-game event pits members of the Wounded Warriors softball team, a group of amputee veterans, against a team of celebrities led by softball great Jennie Finch.
“Maybe a few more people will be able to take part in both events now,” said McInnis.