We're celebrating an anniversary in Stillwater today: it's the 60th day this year of over 100 degrees. That's HOT! And quite a difference from the normal 10 days of nasty temperatures... The lake out at Karsten Creek is drying out and big chunks of it is above water. Not to mention all the grass fires across the state. The book "Worst Hard Times" comes to mind, even though I'm pretty sure it was way worse during the dust bowl...
Another interesting stat is that we've had 20 inches of rain during the past 12 months. The normal rainfall is around 35 inches - quite a bit more. And there are around 2,500 sprinkler heads at Karsten Creek. I'll get back to you when I have more "interesting" stats to tell you about! ;)
I've been practicing here in Oklahoma for the past few days and it's pretty hard to stay focused for entire days in this heat. Getting to the course before the mercury hits 90 is a key - that gives you time to practice before the sweat starts flooding down the shins (disgusting). I felt a bit wild and crazy yesterday and volunteered to play 18 holes with the Women's Team at Oklahoma State. I carried my own bag, teed off at 1.30 and thought I'd suffer a heat stroke by the time I reached the first green. Well, I might have exaggerated a bit there, but I did drink more than 0.5 liters per hole and suffered big time when the water jugs were starting to get empty on the back nine. My one over 73 was OK all things considered. The rough at Karsten is a beast! I managed to advance the ball 150 once, but that was from a "good lie" and downhill... Fairways and greens were the way to go and I managed to do that most the time!
Fri, September 2, 2011
by Karin Sjodin