Camas Golfers

Camas golfers Lauryn Tsukimura, left, Abby Jiang, and Emma Cox walk down the first fairway at Club Green Meadows on Thursday, March 30, 2017. ( (Samuel Wilson/For the Columbian)

Posted: March 31, 2017

No one would blame them if they were miserable, having to endure these conditions.

It’s raining again.

Every day.

All the time, it seems.

This month has been one of the rainiest months of March on record in Southwest Washington.

Yet, high school girls golfers have splashed their way through the start of their spring season.

Golf matches are not cancelled due to rain — well, unless the course is unplayable. Actually, there have been a couple days this season when courses have been pretty much unplayable but the matches were played anyway — for fear that the next day would be even worse.

One of the best teams in the region just keeps plugging away this season — literally plugging balls into the fairway. Figuratively, they are just carrying on, hoping to improve and really hoping for a better weather pattern in the next couple of months.

“It’s hard to go out and play in the rain but it’s raining on everybody,” Camas sophomore Emma Cox said. “We go out there, make the best of it, and have a lot of fun.

“I’m a pretty optimistic person. I just say, ‘This is going to be an interesting day. Let’s see what I can do in this weather. Let’s see what happens.’ ”

Many of the Papermakers played in a junior event the day before the high school season started. They had a two-hour delay — for snow — at Lewis River Golf Course in Woodland. Guess that was a sign of what was ahead of them.

Rain. Wind. Hail.

At another junior event, one of the holes on the course was completely full of water. When a player sunk her putt, she realized her ball was not alone. There was a dead rat in there, too. Cox, very carefully, got the ball out of the cup.

Fortunately, there are no dead rats in the forecast.

It is unlikely, though, that there will be no more rain the rest of the season.

The golfers are used to it by now. And they like the remind others that they play in just about any conditions. Golfers hear how baseball and softball games keep getting postponed. Or the tennis courts are too wet for competition.

“Teachers ask, ‘Isn’t your game cancelled?’ Nope,” Camas junior Lauryn Tsukimura said.

“I feel proud to go out there. We’re still trying our hardest no matter what the weather is,” she added.

Sophomore Abby Jiang said: “At least we get to play. You just have to deal with it. We have to play. We don’t have a choice.”

Junior Avery Salvato remembers the first match of the year.

“Horrible,” she described. “My socks were completely soaked the first hole.”

Then the first home match, it was pouring again.

 

Read the full story at The Columbian.