Snow at Major Golf Tournament in Scottsdale

In early April of 1999, The Tradition Golf Tournament, one of the majors in the Seniors Tour, was held at the Cochise Golf Course at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale. 

At the time, I was Sales Manager for a major appliance builder distributor in Phoenix. GE was our biggest supplier, and they were one the sponsors of the tournament, which meant that they had a large tent on the 17th fairway where they entertained customers. As one of their largest distributors, we participated in the event.

Our biggest customer was Del Webb, and I was able to offer one of their executives a chance to play in the Pro-Am held on Wednesday, the day before the tournament began. When he got to the venue at Desert Mountain there was five inches of snow on the ground. He joked that he forgot his snowshoes or he would have played. Needless to say, the ProAm was cancelled. 

Thursday, the snow had melted enough for the tournament to begin. The GE tent was reserved for our distributor’s customers on Thursday. Even with the low temperatures, our key customers turned out for the event. On Friday morning, the golf course was covered with three inches of snow, making the course unplayable. But the snow had melted by Saturday morning and the second round was played in cold and windy conditions. On Sunday a second storm brought more snow, and the course was again unplayable. The leader, Graham Marsh won the tournament at 8 under for the two rounds that were played.

As far as I know, I attended the only PGA tournament that was suspended and shortened for 2 days due to snow.

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