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U.S. Senior Open at Edmond's Oak Tree National gets help against heat from Trane air conditioning

By Catherine Sweeney, Business Writer Modified: July 9, 2014 at 10:02 pm •  Published: July 10, 2014

Despite Edmond’s blazing temperatures, some U.S. Senior Open spectators were shivering while attending practice day on Wednesday.

Various temporary structures, such as restrooms and a merchandise shop, feature air conditioning units that keep the environment dozens of degrees cooler than the air outside. Local forecasters predict temperatures near 100 degrees all week.

The U.S. Senior Open at Edmond’s Oak Tree National is one of the world’s major golf championships for senior men. Wednesday, the event held a practice round. Spectators dotted the green lawns, and navy-clad volunteers ran through their routines.

All of the temporary structures were up and running, cooled by Trane air conditioning units. Because the temporary structures are really just big tents, keeping the heat out becomes a challenge.

“We have to oversize the units to keep everything cool,” said Ryan Whittaker, a marketing engineer at Trane.

Most homes require a half-ton unit. Many of the tents required 20-ton units. Larger ones used 50-ton units, Whittaker said.

Naturally, that requires a lot of electricity.

“There are cords everywhere,” he said.

Edmond’s electricity

Trane has used about 24,000 feet of electrical cords to power its air conditioning, he said.

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