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GGCC Pro-Am Plagued by Rain and Rough

Posted April 22, 1998

— The Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic starts Thursday. Wednesday afternoon, the talk at the pro-am was rain and rough.

Last April, Frank Nobilo won Greensboro in some of the worst conditions you'll ever see on a golf course. When Nobilo strolled to the 10th tee Wednesday in the Tournament of Champions Pro-Am, he must have had a flashback.

Tom Kite played before the rain came out, but he has vivid memories of other soggy days in Greensboro. He knows Thursday's forecast calls for more of the same.

"We're still on the borderline with the weather situation," Kite says. "You can get some nice weather here, but you can get some horrible weather too."

The April rain kept folks at Forest Oaks from cutting the rough. Any player missing the fairway or green will find himself in the highest rough this side of the US Open.

"I don't think the scores will be absurdly high," explains competitor, Phil Mickelson. "But if you drive straight, you have an opportunity to score low. If you don't, you're in trouble.

The old GGO, held the first week in April, was always plagued with wet weather. Moving the tournament to late April was supposed to bring out the sunshine and the warm weather. Folks in Greensboro hope they get to put away the umbrellas later this week.

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