Longmeadow, MA — Wednesday began with sunshine, but the first full day of matches at the 105th Massachusetts Amateur Championship ended with rain and a third and final suspension of play.

Two rounds of matches were scheduled, but by 6:47 p.m. only the round of 32 had been completed and all round of 16 competitors were still on the course.

In fact, the first round of 16 match which featured Herbie Aikens (Pinehills GC) and Peter French (Maplegate CC) was through just 10 holes when the sirens sounded for the final time.

“We experienced a series of weather issues today which unfortunately did not allow us to complete the scheduled matches,” said Jesse Menachem, the MGA’s director of rules & competition. “For the safety of the competitors, officials and spectators we had to pull everyone off the golf course three times beginning at 1:49 p.m.”

With limited daylight remaining, the officials announced that play would resume on Thursday at 7:30 a.m. As the round of 16 are completed, the quarterfinal matches will commence as soon as the matchups have been set.

“The goal will be to get as much golf in on Thursday to get us back on schedule,” said Menachem, who also noted that a continuation of play into Saturday would be possible if necessary.

ABOUT THE Massachusetts Amateur

Qualifying - 18 Holes at Stroke Play to determine 32 Qualifiers for Match Play. Entries are open to amateur golfers who have an active MGA/GHIN Handicap Index at any public, private, semi-private, municipal or non-real estate MGA member course/club not exceeding 4.4.

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