KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - Keeping the best golfers in the world hydrated and happy is no easy task during one of the hottest months the Lowcountry has to offer. There's one local coach that made it his mission to do just that.
Jamie Futrell spends most of his time coaching the College of Charleston women's golf team. During the PGA Championship on the Kiawah Ocean Course, he switched from swing coach to water coach. Futrell was in charge of player refreshment during the event.
"Over a 65 man crew--sunup to sundown," Futrell said. "Keep 'em hydrated because it's been hot this week."
The work was hard and free. But Futrell says it was well worth it.
""Kiawah has been very good to us over the years," he said."Hopefully we're doing a small part to get them back this week. We know it's a small part."
This wasn't work for Futrell. It was a chance to spend seven days inside the ropes, with some of the best golfers in the world.
"Most interesting thing of the week, I got here at 5:15 a.m. Darren Clark is on the putting green with a spotlight on him," he said.
Tiger Woods never complained of thirst. Carl Pettersson certainly didn't have reason to worry about being hungry. Cool drinks plus plenty of food led to a solid amount of birdies in the bottom of the cup. Futrell enjoyed every second and now plans to get back to full strength.
"Out here before sunrise and coming back after sundown," he said." "A great experience, but I'm going to sleep when I come home."