College Men

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.

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:

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

Both Cassie Stein (follow her on Twitter here) and Brentley Romine (follow him on Twitter here) are on the grounds at Prairie Dunes. They'll bring you plenty of commentary throughout the day.

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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