Following a delay, they are playing golf again this morning at the PGA Championship. Valhalla Golf Club superintendent Roger Meier's staff helped ensure it.
That, however, was no small task.
His crew was able to mow, roll greens and fairways and brush bunkers before heavy rain soaked Valhalla. By 9 a.m., the course had received about .73 inches of rain. The organized chaos that allowed Meier and his people to take a quick deep breath before returning to the course to make it playable was like a symphony.
You had the rhythm of the rain as it pelted equipment and the crew. Then there was the two-way radios, sometimes making a crackling sound, as Meier and his top staff relayed messages through the static. Get people in place here, have squeegees ready there. Ten-4.
Meier had this thing under control even as Mother Nature toyed with him.
"We know we just have to get things done rain or shine," says volunteer Doug Dunlevy, an intern from Western Kentucky, whose job pre-rain was mowing tees on the back nine. "I figured it was going to rain at some point, but that doesn't mean you can do a sloppy job."
The entire crew remained on-call for this morning. More rain may be on the way. That could cut into nap time. This is no time to rest. They get it.
"You have got to keep a positive mentality," says volunteer Kyle Steidel, a spray technician from Muirfield Village. "You just get your second wind and do the best you can at all times. I think we're pretty much on top of our game."