UPDATE: Play canceled for Saturday because of overnight rain and course conditions.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Steady rain postponed LPGA Q–School on Friday and threw Nikki Garrett’s travel plans into disarray. Now the overnight leader is left with the double-duty task of earning her LPGA card and making it to Dubai by Wednesday afternoon.
Garrett, who was on the fourth green when the weather horn sounded, is alone atop the leaderboard at 6 under after making par on her first three holes on the Legends Course at LPGA International. But the Australian’s most pressing issue after play was canceled – the issue that had her running around the parking lot in the rain asking LPGA officials if the tournament would finish Monday – was figuring out how to rearrange her travel plans for the weekend.
Originally Garrett, 25, was scheduled to fly into New York Sunday night then catch a plane to Dubai on Monday morning to play in the Dubai Ladies Masters, which starts Wednesday. But with Friday’s postponement came the likely possibility of a Monday finish and the unlikely possibility of Garrett making her Sunday night flight.
“I have a few phone calls to make this afternoon,” Garrett said with a laugh. “I’m going to have to ring Emirates (Airlines) because they are sponsoring me to go to Dubai. Hopefully they can change my flight.
“Worst case, hopefully I leave Tuesday morning, get there Wednesday morning and tee it up.”
Garrett won’t be the only Q–School player suffering from jet lag in Dubai. Marianne Skarpnord (T–3), Julieta Granada (T–6), Gwladys Nocera (T–16) Emma Cabrera–Bello (T–20) and Iben Tinning (T–31) also are scheduled to compete in Dubai. But everyone’s plans changed when the rain hit.
Play was postponed at 10:29 a.m. and canceled at 1:38 p.m., with the leaders having just started their rounds. Round 3 is set to resume Saturday morning at 11 a.m. The weather and amount of daylight will determine if they start the fourth round after completion of the third.
The leaderboard didn’t change much because of the limited number of holes played. Second round co–leader Jane Chin made a bogey to fall one behind Garrett at 5 under while Skarpnord moved up, going 2 under through five holes to finish at 4 under.
“I was saying, ‘We’d be out there if we were playing in Europe,’ ” Garrett said. “I haven’t seen what the course looks like, but it’s not even raining that hard.”
The only positive for Garrett was another day to shop.
“I’m just going to wander aimlessly around Marshalls,” Garrett said.
And play personal travel agent: next stop Dubai.