Despite storms that have passed through Central Virginia in the last few days, the course at the Spring Creek Golf Club in Louisa is ready for the eGolf Spring Creek Classic. The sixth annual event is scheduled to run Wednesday through Friday.
This year's field includes the last two winners of the Classic. Seamus Powers won last year, and his roommate, Matt Ryan won the year before.
"This is a really really good course," says Powers. "It's probably one of the best ones we play all year."
Even with the wet weather recently, Ryan still expects the course to play well during the tournament. "It's the best wet and soggy course you'll play, too. I actually think it plays a little easier when it's wet."
Wet and soggy are two good ways to describe the weather in Central Virginia lately. Ryan and Powers came into town yesterday, just in time to see one of the many thunderstorms that have passed through the area in the last few days.
"I'm not from here, I'm from Southern Cal and we don't get anything like that," said Ryan. "When they just roll in for 15 minutes, it looks like the sky is falling down. Actually, the house we're staying in was shaking. It was nuts."
On Tuesday, the sun came out and stayed out, giving the course a chance to dry out.
"We actually could see it dry pretty well even this morning," Powers said of his practice round. "When we started, it was very wet at 8:30. By the time we finished it had dried out a lot, so hopefully that's going to continue a little bit."
The sun may have stayed out for a day, but there is a high chance of rain during the first two days of the three day tournament. Rain or shine, Ryan says he trusts the course will be ready to go.
"Two years ago, it dumped like during the tournament. We got called off a few times, rounds were delayed, and I was blown away at how well the course was maintained."
"You get used to it from traveling around playing, like everyone gets bad weather," Powers said of the weather-related issues. "It's just kind of something you learn to deal with the best you can. Everyone is going to have to deal with it, so it's just a matter of dealing with it better than everyone else."