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As a high school golf coach for 26 years, it was always important to have my team entered in as many quality golf tournaments around the state as possible. The Brownsburg Invitational has been an excellent tourney played through the years at courses such as Golf Club of Indiana, Deer Creek, Saddlebrook, West Chase and Cool Lake among others.

Jim Andrews, a Terre Haute native, was the Brownsburg golf coach who hosted the annual competition, which was played on a corresponding Saturday each year.

Naturally, it was hoped that the weather would cooperate in that at times a dozen teams or more would make the trip to the tournament site, but, sadly enough, when it came to Andrews’ Brownsburg Invitational weather conditions could be defined as bad, worse or worst.

It seemed that cold, rain or wind, and quite often, all three at once plagued the majority of those invitationals. One tournament contested at Deer Creek began on a cloudy, cool morning with a slight wind blowing. Ninety minutes later the wind was howling, a hard rain was pelting and a bone numbing cold had settled on all the players.

Like most coaches, Andrews didn’t want to cancel the tourney since no make-up dates were available. To make matters worse, parents were screaming at Jim to halt the tournament. South’s Chris Cassell came into the pro shop and held up his blue fingers and said, “Coach, I couldn’t write any scores down for the last three holes. I can’t bend my fingers.”

Finally, the tournament was called. Parents and coaches scurried about to find sweaters and jackets for the shivering players.

At another Brownsburg Invitational played at West Chase, two matches had already been cancelled due to ice-cold weather. Andrews left it up to a vote among participating teams. When they voted to play, it was winter golf and the event was completed.

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