Playing on at Panama Country Club
This is a different kind of March Madness: no pro sports, no college sports, no high school sports in Florida for two weeks.
What do we do now?
120 people at Panama Country Club gathered to toast with Jameson and play golf anyway, honoring a beloved community member.
Unlike the PGA, LPGA, and European Tour, the Dr. Byron McCormick Irish Golf Tournament teed off Saturday. Named in honor of a longtime urologist and active member, the field is primarily filled with locals. Even more so than usual, the course is respite from the craziness elsewhere and valuable as the club continues rebuilding.
"Our memberships love to have an opportunity to get together," club president Jay Manuel said. "Our clubhouse is still under repair. We've been working hard on the golf course trying to repair it after the storm. We lost approximately 4,500 pine trees, so it has been a Herculean effort to rebuild the fairways, rebuild the green, rebuild the tee boxes, but the project has been going really well."
A couple of the players were late entries.
Peyton Millirons is switching sports for now. The Mosley alumnus and University of South Alabama junior was supposed to pitch for the Jaguars this weekend, but the NCAA baseball season is canceled and campus is closed.
He teamed up with his dad in the tournament and took teammate Tyler Lehrmann with him.
"Once I heard that campus was out I was definitely ready to come home because I knew I was going to be able to play a little golf down here, but it's getting crazier," Millirons said. "Every day something else comes out. I don't know much about it, I just know that it kind of sucks that they took the entire baseball season away after 24 hours of it. Definitely if I'm able to, I'm going to be playing a lot of golf. Our coaches will let us know the middle of next week or end of next week if we can come back or not and get scrimmaging or practicing again. If not, then I'll be here."