Spring Break Starts with Snowy Blast

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It's hard to imagine that one year ago Monday it was sunny, 60 degrees and golfers were scattered across courses around northeast Ohio.

But when spring break this year began for many students around northeast Ohio, they weren't teeing it up on the golf course.

"You can't stay inside all day, and I know I have a case of the winter blues," said Sadie Ehrmantraut, of Lakewood.

Temperatures soared to a balmy 37 degrees Monday at Big Met Golf Course in Fairview Park.

"I remember last year we had that early spring," Ehrmantraut said. "That was a real treat, and winter ended abruptly, and it was spring right away and this one, I think is payback for last year."

With golf carts grounded by snow, it was more fitting for a walk in the park than a round of 18.

"Everybody is trying to, they just can't wait for spring. Sometimes we get a day in January, February and March and people are just itching to get out and swing the club," said Jacob McCullough, golf facility concession manager for the Cleveland MetroParks.

Forget that it says spring on the calendar; it feels more like winter break than it does spring break.

"It doesn't feel like spring break at all," said Ehrmantraut. "I would at least expect to have on a light jacket or for there to be some sunshine."

The 11th hole at Big Met Golf Course has provided plenty of snowmen in its day for golfers.

"We're tired of the snow but we're just trying to make the best of it," Ehrmantraut said.

So for now, we'll just stay the path.

"Last year was an unusual year for golf in March. We had a couple of days in the 80s, a couple more in the 70s, mostly 60s," McCullough said."Old man winter scored one, if you're keeping score at home, you probably have a couple of snowmen on your card."

March 14th was the official opening day of the Cleveland Metroparks golf courses.

The course will not open now until the snow melts and the weather breaks.

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