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Posted On 07/23/2010 08:01:13 by opendoor

Holding a large cup of lemonade Monday afternoon while standing near the No. 8 green at Oakmont Country Club, Ed Terbosic vowed his love for both golf and the heat as the thermometer hit 91 degrees.

The pandora charms USGA is hoping there's more like him.

Oppressive heat and humidity became a concern at the U.S. Women's Open, but the USGA believes it is prepared to handle the weather after hosting the U.S. Open at Oakmont in 1994 and '07 and the U.S. Amateur in '03.

"Having just done the Open three years ago, it gave us a good blueprint," said Tim Flaherty, USGA managing director of the U.S. Women's Open. "The forecast is 'hot.' The problem is the humidity. (Crowds are) about what we expected. It's always difficult to gauge, especially around the holiday."

Sparse crowds watched the practice rounds yesterday, when it was a sweltering 91 degrees with 40 percent humidity, but spectators could stay cool under the shade of trees. Forecasts call for temperatures to remain in the 90s until Friday, after which the field of 156 will be Best Jordan Fusions Shoes Online cut in half.

"This is hot; this is cooking," said Terbosic, 57, of Baldwin. "But here's the thing: if you put another 10,000 people here, it'd be tough. You're always going to get a certain amount of golf fans to come for the final rounds.

"Plus, I think it'll get cooler."

The USGA is prepared in the event that the weather doesn't cooperate. Spectators are permitted to bring water bottles, which they can refill at the six water fountains on the course. Umbrellas also are allowed, and some elderly spectators were using them for shade yesterday.

In years past, mist sprayers have been brought in and the grandstands can be covered by awnings, Flaherty said, and both are possibilities this week. Emergency medical workers are covering the course on carts and bicycles.

Calling this ???? a "last-minute market," Flaherty expects strong walk- up sales.

"Our goal is about 125,000 for the week, and I think we'll come very close to obtaining that," Flaherty said. "Ticket sales in the past month have been very good. There's a lot of late interest. I think with a good walk-up, we'll hit that 125,000."

Flaherty was pleased with the public parking and transportation to the club from the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, saying it was running "like clockwork" - unusual for the Monday of a major.

The USGA is hoping that it all adds up to a successful week at Oakmont Country Club for the U.S. Women's Open.

"It's a great time to see Oakmont," Flaherty said. "With the (men's) Open, it was so crowded, it was difficult to get around. People have an opportunity to get out here without massive crowds and really get a good look at Oakmont and the best women's players in the world."


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