Four Rounds In Three Days
By Torleif Sorenson on 6/7/13
The weather in North America thus far in 2013 has not been kind to the golf world, as we have noted here, here, here, here, and especially here. And for the second time in less than a month, the weather has interfered with an LPGA tournament — this time, it's one of their major championships.
Thursday's scheduled first round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship was literally washed out by rain. Because it was in the forecast, the LPGA and tournament organizers knew the schedule could get dented, but as LPGA vice president of tour rules and competitions Sue Witters said, they weren't expecting rain the entire day:
"We had a lightning bolt within 10 miles (of the course) at about 6:15 so we immediately shut down the practice facilities. And then this storm came in and sat. We knew the golf course could take a half-inch to three-quarters of an inch of rain, and we got to a half-inch a couple hours ago, and basically it hasn't stopped raining."The current plan of action has the first round being today with the second round on Saturday, followed by the 36-hole cut. The final 36 holes of regulation play are scheduled for Sunday.
"I think everybody is going to try as hard as they can to play 72 holes, and so Monday would be the next option," said tournament co-chairman Jerry Stahl. "I think (cutting the tournament to 54 holes) would be an absolute last resort."Thursday was not a complete loss for LPGA Tour golfer Brittany Lang; she went shopping for a wedding dress. On April 27, following the third round of the North Texas LPGA Shootout, Lang's boyfriend, amateur golfer Kevin Spann, approached her in front of television cameras and spectators — and popped the question. Since then, Lang has played the last four weeks straight, including at the water-logged Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic two weeks ago.
Golf Channel has exclusive coverage of the LPGA Championship on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, although with 36 holes scheduled for Sunday (weather permitting), the original 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT schedule on Sunday may be altered to match the tournament finish.
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