COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The time is 6:51 according to a large, gold-bezeled Rolex clock. The spectators who are already milling around the first tee of The Broadmoor’s East Course make way for an early-morning gaggle of goslings heading toward the water that guards the third green. Inside the ropes, a technician plants a wooly-looking microphone near the tee markers to capture the sound of driver striking ball. There is a basket of fruit and a cooler of bottled water for the players and caddies.
Only a few scattered clouds dot the blue Colorado sky as the sun begins to beat down on a day that weather forecasters predict will reach a high of 97 degrees. People begin taking seats in the grandstands, which are full by the time Tom Carey, the first golfer to tee off in the second round of the 2008 U.S. Senior Open, launches his ball toward looming Cheyenne Mountain.
Although temperatures will be near record highs, there is no rain in the forecast. The white canvas concession stands that will soon be doing a brisk business in hot dogs and Coors beer now lend a certain bucolic feel to the scene. Fan favorite Fred Funk is in the lead at 5-under par, and Greg Norman, who just two weeks earlier finished tied for third at the British Open, is also near the top of the leader board.
For Ferris State University graduate Russ Miller (B’87), director of golf at The Broadmoor, all is right with the world.
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