Another rainy day at LPGA Q-School
Saturday, December 5, 2009
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s another day of thumb-twiddling for LPGA hopefuls. Officials canceled play at LPGA Q-School on Dec. 5 after heavy rainfall left tee boxes and fairways soaked at LPGA International. Play has been suspended since Friday afternoon, when the leaders were through only three holes of the third round.
Doug Brecht, head of LPGA rules, said the tour is committed to playing 90 holes, even if it means going into Tuesday.
“We’ll do whatever it takes,” he said.
That’s a problem for players such as Nikki Garrett, who is scheduled to play on the Ladies European Tour in Dubai next Wednesday. Garrett leads Q-School at 6 under.
Because golfers played the ball down Friday morning, they must continue playing the ball down for the remainder of the round. So even if the course were to be playable with lift, clean and place, officials would have to wait. Brecht said they would re-evaluate the course Saturday afternoon before publishing Sunday’s start times.
Daytona Beach isn’t the best place in the world to kill time indoors. Liz Janangelo wandered around Sports Authority doing a little Christmas shopping.
“I was hoping Sports Authority had a net,” said Janangelo, who wanted to hit balls Saturday afternoon. The Duke All-American is 1 under through seven holes of the third round and tied for 13th. She’s hoping her Friday morning efforts won’t be washed out.
Alison Walshe was headed to the gym. She’s actually grateful for time to regroup, because she left the course 2 over through four holes. She’s scheduled to fly to Europe on Wednesday for LET Q-School and hopes LPGA rookie orientation won’t interfere with her flight plans. Though that wouldn’t be the worst problem.