MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Thursday’s severe weather could not have come at a worse time for players and fans out at Southwind. The course had to be cleared out when the storms moved in, and play was cancelled for part of the day in order to keep everyone safe.
Businesses located near Southwind don’t wish for bad weather, but they were there to welcome golf fans who ran for cover.
They were already stocking up for a big weekend, and Mother Nature got the party started early.
“I need to get back inside and reload,” said Dan Twaddle, manager East End Grill.
He needs to reload because when the sky turned dark over the FedEx St. Jude Golf Classic, he knew he was about to get slammed – not by the storm, but by spectators looking for a place to take cover.
“It’s huge. Record year. We’re about to break another record,” said Twaddle.
Mister P’s is located directly across from the golf course. It’s the perfect location for Wayne Birch, who flew in from Atlanta for the tournament.
“I’m staying right down the street at the Hampton Inn Suites and I asked them where was a good place to eat and they told me Mr. P’s. So I went over there and got my will call tickets and came and got me some lemon pepper wings, which was good,” said Birch.
Owners plan for customers like Birch all year. Like most businesses in the area, this week there are special deals for golfers and golf fans.
“It means a burst of customers coming through our doors. the buzz is all around. The traffic is different. We’re excited,” said April Crowder, of Mister P’s.
They’re excited because they know the golf tournament brings more customers and the rain brings them in even earlier.