Louisiana Mid-Am: Weather delays first round

NEW ORLEANS, La. (Aug. 5, 2011) -- With half the field still on the golf course, Harlan Bush of New Orleans and Jose Maruri of Metairie lead after shooting one-under par 71s on Friday in the Louisiana Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship. Play was suspended when the skies opened up at around 3 PM at English Turn G & CC with the first groups to start the afternoon round only having completed 14 holes. Defending Champion Patrick Christovich of New Orleans was two-under par through nine holes when play was suspended.

First round play will re-start at 8:30 AM after a meeting with tournament officials scheduled for 7:45. Second round play will proceed on Saturday on a three-hour delay from the originally scheduled second round starting times.

Finishing their morning rounds with even par scores of 72 were T.C. Ford of Mandeville, and Daniel Berger of New Orleans.

The English Turn G & CC course, host to the New Orleans PGA Tour stop for a number of years, was somewhat soft from the unusually large rainfall in July and played a bit longer than its measured distance for this field of the top players in the state 25 years of age and older. On Friday it played to a par of 72 at just under 6,900 yards. With the course inundated with the storms from today, it will play even longer tomorrow for the completion of the first round and second round.

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