Spirit Int'l Amateur 1st round rained out
TRINTY, Texas (Oct. 30, 2013) — Heavy rains washed out play in the first round of the Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship.

Play began at 8:30 a.m. at Whispering Pines Golf Club. By 10:33 a.m., the competitors were pulled off the course for the first of several lengthy delays. Not another shot was played on Wednesday and at 2:45 p.m., Tournament Director Eric Fredricksen announced the first round would be suspended until Thursday morning.

"There’s at least one more major storm cell headed this way,” Fredricksen said. "We’re going to play it safe and send everyone back to Camp Olympia. We’ll re-start tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. if the weather allows.”

One of the first teams out, Sweden got off to a fast start and leads at 4-under par through five holes. Swedes Pontus Gad and Frida Gustafsson-Sprang were 2-under and teammate Linnea Johansson was 1-under.

France and Belgium were tied for second place at 3-under when play was called. Spain and Italy currently sit at 2-under. The U.S. Team’s Ally McDonald birdied the first hole, but the delay occurred before the U.S. Men’s Team could finish the first hole.

The biennial Spirit International is a co-ed 72-hole team best ball event contested by the top 20 golfing countries in the golf as determined by the combined men’s and women’s results from the 2012 World Team Amateur Championships. Each participating country sends its top two men and women amateurs along with a captain to represent it at The Spirit.

The players simultaneously compete in five separate events. Gold, silver and bronze medals are at stake in the International Team Division, as well as the Men’s and Women’s Divisions. The Men’s and Women’s Individual champions are determined by the players with the most strokes under par for the championship. The winner of the Men’s Individual competition will receive a sponsor’s exemption into the PGA Tour’s 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

ABOUT THE The Spirit International Amateur

The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship is world class golf event played every other year. It features the world’s best amateur men and amateur women golfers as they represent their respective country in team and individual competitions. The 96 participants enjoy an Olympic-like experience from the Opening/Closing Ceremonies, international village and competing for gold medals. The World Health & Golf Association and Texas Golf Association invite 24 countries from six continents to participate. Established in 2001, The Spirit is a biennial event that alternates tournament years with the World Amateur Team Championships.

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