- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 29, 2002

It was a perfect day for golf.
Nine-irons and khakis replaced briefcases and suits yesterday as local duffers swarmed golf courses, taking advantage of a rare, balmy January day.
"It feels like it's April 1st, not January 28th," said Mike Webb, a real estate agent at ReMax Horizons in Alexandria, as he was about to tee up for a quick nine holes at Arlington's Army Navy Country Club.
Parking lots were full, with dozens of cars parked on curbs and hundreds of golf enthusiasts hitting the greens, eager to pull out their dusty clubs before the spring golfing season.
"Today was a record-setting day as far as Mondays go," said Matt Nichols, the head starter at Arlington's Army Navy Country Club. "The weather is gorgeous. I imagine a number of avid golfers came down with scratchy throats today."
About 65 to 70 people were golfing at the club by early afternoon.
"Those are big numbers for a Monday," Mr. Nichols said.
Yesterday's temperatures topped 67 degrees 25 degrees above January's average high, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The record, 73 degrees, was set in 1949. The warm weather is expected to continue today, with a high of 68 degrees.
"The weather is gorgeous," retired Navy Capt. George T. Swiggum said. "I don't know when I've ever played so much golf in January. We've got more people here on a Monday than I've ever seen."
Record numbers of golfers also lined up at the East Potomac Public Golf Course on Hains Point in the District.
"We've sold more than 450 rounds today. It's like a summer day," said Kevin Carter, assistant general manager at the course. "I think a lot of people called in sick today."
Carol Burlingame, an intern with the National Park Service, ate her lunch outside on the golf course patio.
"It doesn't happen that often in January," she said. "I started my internship a year ago in January, and the weather was in the mid-30s."
"It's crazy, because it's January and it's 70 degrees. It was probably colder in Hawaii than it was here today," said one golfer who admitted to skipping work and who asked not to be identified.
Actually, Honolulu reached a high of 81 degrees.

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