WINTER GARDEN, Fla. – Florida is dubbed the Sunshine State and, to its credit, there’s hardly a cloud in the sky during the first round at Orange County National. But temperatures are in the mid-60s and with winds kicking in the 15-20 mph range, greens firming up by the minute and PGA Tour-set pins, it’s not playing easy for the 162 finals contestants.
“It’s just hard to get the ball close to the hole,” one player told Golfchannel.com after finishing on the Panther Lake course. “I just didn't have it today and I guess if you’re hitting it solid, you can get to some of them, but with the wind and these slopes out here it wasn’t easy.”
As many finals players come to learn first-hand, Q-School never is.