There is one name you will not hear much about when and if the BMW tournament can survive the weather and finish on Sunday.
His name is Randy Long. He is the golf course superintendent at Thornblade Club. He and his crew had to find a way to get the course back in playable condition after almost a full day of rain.
Play at both courses was affected by the weather, but Thornblade caught more of the heavy stuff
Golfers like first time pro Bryson Nimmer were scheduled for a 1:49 tee time, but because of the rain the tee time was moved back to 7:49. He was not able to post a score for even one hole before play was stopped for the day.
With little daylight left the day came to a merciful end when play was halted for lightening in the area at 8:01 pm. Golfers will pick up where they left off very early on Saturday morning, weather permitting.
When all golfers finish their second round the professional field will be cut to the low 65 and ties. The amateurs will also be cut and will play their final round.
The final two rounds are set for Thornblade. Web.com tournaments are rarely extended beyond the weekend so golfers and fans are hoping the weather forecast is wrong.
Ventura started his day around 6 am and finished his round at 8 pm.
“You just have to stay positive. I didn’t think we were going to play today and obviously we got great conditions and I took advantage of it, which was fun,” said Ventura.
First round co-leader Ben Martin from Greenwood shot a 2-under par 70 at Cliff’s Valley. He trails Ventura by 4-shots halfway through the tournament.
Among the players with local connections Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey made one of the biggest moves up the leader board.
Gainey’s 5-under par round at Thornblade was not completed when play was halted. He has to play 17 and 18, but he is currently at 8-under par in a tie for 14th after moving up 29 places.
Former USC Upstate standout Josh Gallman from Gaffney moved up 16 spots by shooting 3-under par with two holes to play.
2013 champion Mark Anderson finished his second round at 6-under par to tie for 34th with more than half the field still to post final second round scores.
Many of the other area golfers were not able to put many scores on their scorecard.
Wofford grad Andrew Novak only played 4 holes at Thornblade. USC grad Matt NeSmith didn’t get to play any while fellow Gamecock grad Keenan Huskey from Greenville shot a 4-under par round at The Valley.
Twenty-two years ago Kyle Thompson played in his first professional event as a high school player in the Nike Upstate Classic.
He played his final professional round on Friday at Thornblade shooting a 1-under par. Thompson birdied three of his final four holes to finish the tournament at even par for the 36 holes.
With the limited amount of fans at both venues the celebrities could concentrate on their game rather than signing autographs and taking pictures. They way many of them played, they may have welcomed the distraction provided by the fans.
Complete scores are available at http://www.pgatour.com