Golfers took on chilly temperatures, and bowls of fresh chili, on Saturday as the Arlington Heights Park District hosted its annual Chilly Open tournament.
The event, a winter tradition held at Arlington Lakes Golf Club, pairs a round of golf with a post-round meal featuring all the hot chili participants can eat.
John Carroll of Arlington Heights said the reason he comes is to "have good chili and the fellowship of friends."
Willie Mills of Roselle, who was golfing with Harlan Heiber of Arlington Heights, said they wore snowmobile suits to stay warm. With a laugh, he blamed his presence at the event on "peer pressure."
Heiber, who has attended for eight straight years, said he appreciates the chance to talk up the event afterward. "It's fun to say that you golfed last week in a foot of snow."
Another golfer, Jeff Nowak of Glen Ellyn said, he attended because "there is nothing better to do," adding that it also is a way "to avoid chores at the house."
Prizes were awarded to the top players in male, female, and senior divisions.