Grounds Crews Scramble To Get Course Back Up To Par For Barbasol Championship

Posted at 8:18 PM, Jul 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-21 20:18:39-04

JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – Friday’s storms forced the stoppage of play at the Barbasol Championship in the middle of round two, and left grounds crews scrambling to clean up the course. 

Play continued on Saturday with remnants of the storm damage still lingering.

The damage wasn’t crippling, but it was significant enough that it put the Champions at Keene Trace ground crews to the test.

Multiple trees came crashing down and even a hospitality tent went for a swim in the severe weather.

“We had to hook a wench. People had to wade out there to get it out of the pond.  So there was a lot of work all going on at once,” said Executive Director Brooks Downing.

And the soggy conditions, left caddies with some additional work during today’s second and third rounds.

“It really lengthens the course, makes it more difficult to reach some of the holes you’ve been reaching earlier in the week,” said Caddy Clay Duerson.

But on the flip side; a wet putting surface could also make for some exciting moments as players can attack the flag sticks.

Fans didn’t seem to mind one way or the other.

“Pretty cool seeing a PGA tour event here.  It’s awesome, looking forward to it,” said fan Ben Manning.

Barbasol Championship play continues on Sunday.