The much anticipated EA Day is just around the corner for the Fords golf team. The Fords will play at Episcopal’s home course, Aronimink Golf Club, which was home to the 2018 BMW championship and will be the site of the 2026 PGA championship. Aronimink has proven to be a challenging course when the greens are firm and fast—exactly the way Aronimink’s PGA professional, Cameron Small, expects the greens to be on EA Day.
“The greens will be rolled in the morning, making them even faster,” Small said. “They should be in perfect condition when Haverford and Episcopal tee it up.”
The Episcopal Academy has chosen to play the course from roughly 6,650 yards, but it’s expected to be a brisk day when the teams tee off. The chilly weather will result in the golf ball losing carry distance, meaning the golf course will play longer than 6,650 yards.
“The course will play a touch more difficult for Haverford-Episcopal Day than a normal day during the golf season because of the cold weather.”PGA professional Cameron Small
“The course will play a touch more difficult for Haverford-Episcopal Day than a normal day during the golf season because of the cold weather,” Small said.
Both the Haverford and Episcopal golf teams have talented players of their own and look to figure out a way to shoot low scores at the challenging Aronimink course. The greens will undoubtedly be a test for both teams considering the conditions Small expects. Since the weather is predicted to be nearly 40 degrees Fahrenheit on EA day, it is safe to assume the fairways at Aronimink will be rock hard. The cold weather will make players lose carry distance, but the firm fairways will allow the golf ball to take a large bounce and roll out an extra ten to twenty yards after it lands on the fairway, leading Small to believe that players from both Haverford and Episcopal can shoot low scores on EA Day.
“All of these young kids can hit their drivers far enough to put themselves in scoring opportunities. It’s just a matter of how close they hit their approach shots. Sticking iron shots close to the pin will be a challenge given the firmness of the green.” Small said. “I think the firm fairways will allow the players to go low. It’s just a matter of how they manage their shots around the green.”
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