Men’s Golf: Observations from a day at the Windon Memorial Classic
Underneath the American flag and flag with the club’s logo, a purple-and-white Northwestern “N” flew over North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Illinois as the 20th annual Windon Memorial Classic began Sunday.
After completing two rounds on the first day of action, the Wildcats are in fourth place with a score of 2-over as a team and are lead by junior Dylan Wu, who finished the day tied for fifth, shooting 3-under in 36 holes.
The course at the North Shore Country Club hosted one U.S. Open in 1933, as well as the Western Open and the U.S. Amateur twice.
The tournament, which is free and open to the public, had an informal feel to it. There were no rope lines, meaning spectators were free to get close to the action — as long as they watch out for any stray balls. With sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s and 80s for much of the day, numerous purple-clad spectators came out to the course.
Players are responsible for carrying their own bags and report their scores to volunteers every three holes. The only people responsible for enforcing the rules are a few rules officials roving in golf carts spread over the 7,103 yard course.
On the manicured course, the primary sounds are of the thwack of drivers hitting golf balls, the slightly quieter sound of iron shots and the faint roar of occasional airplanes flying overhead.
The players are primarily competing against the course and not each other, meaning there is little antagonism shown to the other competitors in the three-person pairings. When Purdue’s Austin Eoff sunk a long iron shot for a birdie on the 10th hole of the first round, junior Dylan Wu acknowledged, “that was a sick shot.” Graduate transfer Conor Richardson was oddly paired with his former roommate from Florida, and the two were chatting throughout the round.
But just because the players are not in direct competition with one another does not mean passions could not be inflamed, as many players became visibly frustrated after bad shots or near misses. With one round remaining in the tournament, those feelings could be magnified tomorrow.
The third and final round of the tournament begins Monday morning.