1st round of NCAAs suspended due to weather
Saturday, May 24, 2014
HUTCHINSON, Kan. – The first round of the NCAA Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club was filled with . . . delays.
The championship had three delays Friday. One lasted 40 minutes (players weren’t even on the course yet), the next was five hours long and the horn blew for what would prove to be the final time at 3:29 p.m. local time. Play was slated to restart at 5 p.m. but was suspended for the day at 5:50 p.m.
Total delays: 8 hours and 10 minutes.
The course accumulated 1.2 inches of rain before a heavy downpour prompted the third delay.
When play was suspended, just 15 of the 30 teams had started play, with Oregon and Ducks sophomore Zach Foushee leading.
Oregon head coach Casey Martin said it was “awkward” for his team, which restarted twice Friday.
“From adjusting from West Coast time to waking up early to being here all day, we don't know if we're on foot or horseback,” Martin said. “But we had a good little start. We have a few guys playing well, and we're excited to just be here and see what we can do.
"We had five holes without a lot of wind and soft greens, so we'll take it. I think in a perfect world, you'd have a rhythm and do things regularly, but we weren't afforded that option today."
Teams passed time by playing cards, chit-chatting and taking naps. Some teams, including Illinois, didn’t even make it to the course. Washington, which was in the afternoon wave, went and played golf at a different golf course, Carey Park, seven miles away from Prairie Dunes.
Play will restart Saturday at 7 a.m. local time. There is still no word when the afternoon wave will tee off.
Check out some of the tweets and pictures from Friday:
Heavy rain again. Expecting play to be suspended again at any second. pic.twitter.com/hLDUMGzrOk— Texas Men's Golf (@UTexasGolf) May 23, 2014
Rain delay at 3 hours now. Teams are heading back to their hotels pic.twitter.com/V4c4Xrbot2— Auburn Men's Golf (@AuburnMGolf) May 23, 2014