BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — After Thursday's opening round was suspended due to the threat of thunderstorms in the area, Matias Simaski of Argentina fired 69 at Los Lagartos Country Club for a one-stroke lead over Michael Harradine of Switzerland and Khaled Attieh.
After two suspensions during the first round, play was finally halted at the Copa Tailhade 20th International Tournament. Fifteen countries are represented as play started Thursday before the weather ended play on the opening day.
"The constant lightning prevented us from resuming the match after the second suspension," says Daniel Vizzolini, Director of Championships and Rules AAG. "We were in close consultation with various meteorological services. The situation never improved despite almost no rain until moments after the suspension."
Play resumed Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. local time.
Eric Banks of the defending team champion Canada is one of six players tied for fourth place at 71. Among the others at even par is Teaghan Gauche of South Africa, Anthony Quayle of Australia, and Andres Gallegos of Argentina.