A firend asked me to sub in one of the men's leagues En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott yesterday afternoon. After I left work here at the station, and was heading west towards Endicott, I could see the dark clouds rolling in. On the way home the emergency alert system went off on 99.1 The Whale stating that there was a severe thunderstorm heading for Owego and then into Newark Valley.

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I hurried home, changed my shirt, grabbed a hat, my clubs, and my golf shoes, and ran out the door.

When I arrived at En-Joie I could hear thunder off in the distance, and I could see the rain falling to the north and west of the course.. I quickly changed my shoes and headed under the pavilion where the other golfers sat in their carts while waiting out the storm.

Just a couple of minutes after arriving at the course, they blew the horn to pull the players off the course. Then the wind picked up and it started to rain. We also saw a couple of strikes of lightning off in the distance as the rain intensified. It poured like hell for a good 20 or 25 minutes, maybe longer.

After the rain stopped, Mike Deuel, the Golf Pro at En-Joie, said he was going to take a trip around the course to see if it was playable. He came back and informed us that there were puddles throughout the course, leaves and twigs on a lot of the greens, and that even a couple of trees came down on the course. He said it was up to us if we still wanted to golf.

So the guys headed out to the first tee box to start the round, when another cell passed over and started dumping more rain on us. All of us may our way back under the canopy where we waited for another 10 minutes for the rain to stop before finally teeing off.

Just as Mike said, we encountered puddles here and there on the golf course and on the cart paths. When we got to the green there were leaves and twigs just like Mike said there would be, so we had to clean off our path to the hole before we could putt. We saw a couple of trees down
on the course too, but they ran parallel with the fairways so they didn't interfere with our group at least.

The picture above is of a tree that split on hole number 8. My friend Ron, the man that asked me to sub for his partner, and I took first place at two under par in the 9-hole league. So it was definitely worth the wait.

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