Professional golf may have vanished as suddenly as righteous sheep in the rapture, but the game continues one defiant tee shot at a time. In some areas recreational golf actually picked up, a development that was as surprising as the speed with which COVID-19 turned the world on its head.
On Saturday, less than 24 hours after President Trump declared a national emergency over this global pandemic, and not quite two days after the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and Augusta National announced postponements that effectively shuttered the professional game, Braelinn Golf Club in Peachtree City, Ga., hosted a St. Patrick’s Day two-man scramble where a field of 27 teams comprising 54 players rolled out in an early-morning modified shotgun start. Most teams coordinated outfits for the occasion. One group of four included two guys in saffron kilts, complete with sporran and sgian, while their fellow competitors wore pea-green knickers with matching argyle socks and touring caps.
Not one group canceled, nor did the nearly 100 other players who roll...
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