NCAA Tracker: Weather suspends Round 1
Friday, May 23, 2014
The race for the Elite 8 officially begun at Prairie Dunes, as the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I National Championship kicked off on Friday morning in Hutchinson, Kan.
But after three weather delays totaling 8 hours, 10 minutes, the first round was suspended at 5:45 p.m. local time. Play is set to resume at 7 a.m. Saturday.
- Check out full tee times for the first two rounds here. You can also follow mobile scoring here.
- You can also learn all about Prairie Dunes with Brad Klein's hole-by-hole breakdown here.
Oregon and the Ducks' Zach Foushee hold the early lead, but half the field has yet to start play. Here's how the day unfolded Friday in Kansas:
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Update #10: 6:10 p.m. EDT
Play was suspended for the day at 5:45 p.m. Round 1 will resume at 7 a.m. Saturday.
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Update #9: 4:30 p.m. EDT
For the third time today, the horn sounds at Prairie Dunes CC – this time at 3:27 pm CT. Teams are being taken off the course. Tee times will be pushed again.
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Update #8: 4 p.m. EDT
SMU leads early on in the first round at 3 under. The Mustangs last made the NCAA Championship in 2005, finishing 22nd. Their last top-10 national finish came at the 1973 NCAA Championship while their best national finish was first in 1954. Current SMU head coach Josh Gregory has had recent success at the NCAA Championship, though, winning national titles with Augusta State in 2010-11.
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Update #7: 2:15 p.m. EDT
The NCAA has announced the range will re-open at 1:10 p.m. CT with vans to return players to the course at 1:50 p.m., followed by the restart at 2 p.m.
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Update #6: 1:05 p.m. EDT
Rain delay now in its third hour and, according to Auburn's Twitter feed, many teams are heading back to their respective hotels. The course is covered with water with no end to the precipitation in sight.
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Update #5: 12:38 p.m. EDT
Things are not looking up at Prairie Dunes, as the water is gathering and it is still raining. Here is a glance at the conditions from our Cassie Stein:
10 tee, 18 green at Prairie Dunes. I don't think we're starting anytime soon. And it's still raining. pic.twitter.com/5NHRmRABw6— Cassie Stein (@GolfweekCassie) May 23, 2014
Update #4: 11:53 a.m. EDT
From Brentley Romine: Another postseason lineup change is Pace Johnson replacing Keelan Kilpatrick on the California roster. Kilpatrick tied for 63rd at the NCAA Sugar Grove (Ill.) Regional after tying for 12th at the Pac-12 Championship. Johnson hasn't played since the Western Intercollegiate, where he tied for 43rd, although he has four top 10s this season compared to Kilpatrick's one.
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Update #3: 11:50 a.m. EDT
From Brentley Romine:Not a big surprise, but 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur champion Jim Liu, now a freshman at Stanford, is not part of the Cardinal lineup this week at Prairie Dunes. Liu hasn't played since the Pac-12 Championship, where he was disqualified in the first round. Instead, freshman Viraat Badhwar will get the nod again – he also played at regionals. He'll join junior Patrick Rodgers, senior Cameron Wilson, sophomore David Boote and freshman Maverick McNealy in the Stanford lineup. The Cardinal were scheduled to tee off starting at 12:20 p.m. CDT, but weather delays have pushed back their opening-round tee times.
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Update #2: 11:25 a.m. EDT
Looks like weather is going to be the story of the day, as the forecast is calling for 50 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms all day long, although current conditions are cloudy.
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Update #1: 10:55 a.m. EDT
It's now a day that has been marred by two weather delays, pushing back tee times, with only a few teams having even made it onto the course.
From Brentley: "Just ran into Auburn's Matt Gilchrest. He went off around 8:30 a.m.. Second delay at like 9:10 a.m. Said he still hasn't heard when they'll go back out. Protocol is to wait 30 minutes from all clear which hasn't happened yet."
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The 2014 NCAA Division 1 Men's Golf Championship is upon us. Here are our staff predictions for which teams will make match play and which player will win the individual title.
The pairings for the first and second round of the NCAA Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., are set.
Despite losing freshman Matthias Schwab earlier this spring, Vanderbilt has continued its path toward greatness under second-year coach Scott Limbaugh and will compete in its first NCAA Championship since 2007 this week.
UCF's Ricardo Gouveia advanced to the NCAA Championship after TCU's Julien Brun gave up his spot to play in a PGA Tour event. Gouveia wants to make the most of this situation.
The Oklahoma Sooners lost future teammate Kyle Lewis to a car accident in 2010, but have developed into a national power with the support of Kyle's parents.
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