Patrons Spend Monday At Restaurants Because Of Rain
By Mike Miller, WJBF Weekend Anchor and Investigative Reporter - email
Augusta, GA -
Restaurants on Washington Road got an early boom thanks to patrons leaving the practice round because of the rain.
Usually, the outbound lanes on Washington Road are not busy until sometime after 5 or 6pm, but on Monday, they were packed all day long.
At Somewhere in Augusta, crowds started showing up around lunch time.
"They are not going to go back to their hotels. They want to have a good time. They don't want to sit in a hotel room, so they come out, eat, drink and watch TV here. They keep checking the weather channel to see if things open back up, but it doesn't look like it's really going to," Somewhere in Augusta Owner Cindy Fiske said.
It was Denny Brown's first visit to Augusta and unfortunately, he only had tickets for Monday's practice round.
"The weather is bad. That kind of sucks. But we got on the grounds and they were telling us to get off, and we just said we're going to walk some holes first, so we walked through as the crowd was coming out. We spent a little time on the course," Brown said.
And to make matters worse, Brown says be bought his ticket from a scalper, which means he won't be getting a refund.
Andrew Vanderveen bought his ticket from Augusta National Golf Club, so he will be able to come back next year.
"We got in for 20 minutes, took 2 pictures on the driving range and then the alarm went off, so we had to leave," Vanderveen said.
Despite the fact that patrons missed out on Monday's practice round, a lot of them were just excited to be in town.
"We did have the opportunity to play some nice golf courses down here. We are playing tomorrow. It's supposed to be 72 degrees. We have to turn a negative into a positive spin and that's pretty much all I can do," Vanderveen said.
Although they did get to eat in Augusta today, a lot of patrons were upset because they missed out on the famous pimento cheese sandwiches and the cheap concession prices.