USGA Senior Am: Round 1 Play Suspended

Newburgh, Ind. (Sept 18, 20060 -– The first-round of match play Monday at the 2006 USGA Senior Amateur at Victoria National Golf Club was suspended at 12:16 p.m. and then cancelled at 2:45 p.m. CDT when heavy rainfall made course conditions unplayable.

“The amount of rain caused standing water on many of the putting greens and even made some fairways look like little rivers,” said Missy Crisp, USGA Senior Amateur Championship Chairman. “The combination of the heavy rain throughout the day, the time needed for course maintenance, the time for water to recede, and the shortened daylight because of cloud cover made it impossible for us to continue."

In the time period of overnight until 2:45 p.m., 1.25 inches of rain fell.

The first round will resume Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.

The second round, originally scheduled for Tuesday morning, will be played Tuesday afternoon. Then, the third and quarterfinal rounds will be played Wednesday and the semifinals and final will be contested Thursday.

Thirty-two matches had been scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 1:38 p.m. on Monday, and 20 matches were begun before the suspension.

Co-medalists Bill Leonard, 57, of Kennesaw, Ga., and Paul Simson, 55, of Raleigh, N.C., were both 1-up in their matches through two holes.

In a match of past champions, Mark Bemowski, 60, of Mukwonago, Wis., met Kemp Richardson, 60, of Laguna Niguel, Calif. Bemowski, the 2004 champion, and Richardson, the 2001 and 2003 winner, had played 12 holes and had teed off on the 13th with Bemowski leading 3-up when the horn for suspension sounded.

Greg Reynolds, 59, of Grand Blanc, Mich., the 2002 champion, was 5-up through eight holes.

For updated information, please visit www.senioram.org.

Story written by Pete Kowalski, USGA Media Relations. E-mail him with questions and comments at pkowalski@usga.org.

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