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Day 2: World Golf Amateur Championship Tournament

Here is Bill's second day entry:

Monday now seems like a piece of cake compared to yesterday, as we got brushed by some of the outer ring bands of Katrina with strong 25-knot winds all day along with a couple of stray tropical squalls that turned our umbrellas inside out and soaked our grips by the fifth hole. About the only damage Katrina did around here was to the scorecards of the World Am competitors, especially those of us playing the exposed links-style Hummingbird course at Wild Wing Plantation. Trouble in the form of hidden wetlands lurked everwhere! Nearly one-third of the field of 12 & 13 handicappers failed to break 100. By comparison, my 96 yesterday felt like a quite an achievement, especially when everyone in our group took either a 7 or an 8 on a dinky little 316-yard par four with only three holes left to play!

I'm still scratching my head at how I dropped down to 60th on the leaderboard after day two, but the numbers are what they are. A young fellow named Jeremy Daly from Massachusetts whose score I was keeping played really well yesterday, posting an 82 (with a 7 on the card) following an 85 on day one. A really nice kid who works in computer sales, he now has a two shot lead over the entire field in our flight, and is a sure favorite to win our flight and advance to Friday's championship round if he keeps playing the way he did yesterday.

Today I'm off to the Tradition Golf Club down on Pawley's Island. Southwesterly winds of 10-15 knots are supposed to continue today, which I welcome because it provides some relief from the heat which would otherwise by pretty oppressive with temps in the low 90's + 90% humidity. Being 23 strokes back at the midway point of the tournament, the top of the leaderboard is now longer realistically within my grasp, but I will continue to do my best to climb as high as I can as this tournament turns into a war of attrition... Paul had to withdraw yesterday as he could no longer cope with the heat while battling a cold, while Al was nearly DQ'd as he mistakenly showed up to play at River's Edge instead of the River Club nearly an hour away... Whoops! Fortunately, they are allowing him to continue on by competing in a lower flight.

- Bill

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