EDMOND, Okla. – The Oklahoma heat isn’t keeping fans from the U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Okla.
Thousands are braving the heat hoping to catch a glimpse of some world-class play from Oak Tree’s own Bob Tway and Gil Morgan as well as tournament favorite Bernhard Langer.
While battling the heat, tournament officials want fans to remember to stay hydrated.
Meanwhile, EMSA crews are working overtime to care for those who are overcome by the scorching temperatures.
EMSA says they responded to 7 heat related emergencies at the U.S. Senior Open on Monday, and 2 more as of Tuesday afternoon at OakTree, bringing the total to 9 at the golf tournament.
In all of the Oklahoma City area, EMSA has responded to 19 heat-related calls since Monday.
Since May 1, EMSA has responded to 100 heat-related emergencies, with no end in sight during the summer months.
A “heat alert” will remain in place until the temperatures drop dramatically.
“We’re allowing all spectators to bring in one (16 oz) unopened clear bottle of water a day,” USGA Director of Championships Matt Sawicki said.
For $2.50, fans can get two bottled waters, a “buy one get one free” offer.
Organizers have tried to put the grandstands in the shade, but everyone is urged to take the usual summer precautions.
Fans are encouraged to wear light colored and loose fitting clothing, hats, sunscreen.
Organizers say umbrellas are also allowed.
Sawicki said bringing your own chair is also a good idea.
“You can find a nice shady spot, plop your chair down right next to the rope line,” he said. “It’s like having a court side seat to a Thunder game.”
Congressman James Lankford’s strategy Monday was simple.
“Drink a lot of water and keep moving,” he said.
The tournament officially begins on Thursday.