Hot Temperatures Won’t Slow LPGA Tour
Temperatures officially hit the triple digits Tuesday in Benton County but that did not stop a big crowd from heading out to the practice rounds at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers.
Despite this sweltering heat, many like Julie Sakalares and her family plan to attend all days of the tournament.
“Absolutely, even though I’m sweating, it’s still fun to watch the golfers and the girls are really nice to the kids, they come over and talk to them during the practice rounds,” said Sakalares. “So this is an opportunity to get to know the golfers even though we are sweating and it’s pretty hot.”
Another spectator Tracey Carter has three tips to beat the heat.
“We are drinking lots of water, staying in the shade as much as we can and wearing lots of sunscreen,” said Carter.
Event volunteer, Loretta Ostenso is doing everything she can to stay cool on the course.
“Drinking a lot of water and we have and endless supply, or at least it’s endless to us,” said Ostenso. “I have my little fan for when the wind doesn’t blow. But today, we have a nice breeze. Yesterday it was still and it was miserable.”
Professional golfer, Becky Morgan, is from Florida and she said she should be used to the heat by now.
“I think I’ll get tired a lot quicker than normal but we play in heat all the time so it’s just something that we should be used to by now,” Morgan said.
Morgan may be used to the heat but she still protects herself from the sun.
“I always put sunscreen on,” said Morgan. “We have an official sunscreen provider on tour so we get free stuff from them which is great but I try to apply as much as I can because I don’t want to get burnt.”
The official LPGA Tournament gets underway Friday, June 29th at the Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers.