Hurricane Joaquin forces cancellation of Senior Azalea
Kirk Geiling
Kirk Geiling

CHARLESTON, S.C. — With rain from Hurricane Joaquin looming, golfers at the 2015 Senior Azalea Invitational got in round one on Wednesday with five under-par rounds on the board.

But once rains continued into Thursday, and the threat of record amounts falling through the weekend, tournament officials were forced to completely cancel the remainder of the tournament.

Round two began on Thursday, but with about an hour of tee times remaining, the course began to flood and dangerous lightning brought players quickly off the course and into safety. Soon after, the decision to cancel the rest of the 2015 event was made.

Leading the way after Wednesday's opener were Kirk Geiling of Ohio and Walter Todd of South Carolina, both of whom fired 2-under par 69s at the Country Club of Charleston. A playoff was held to determine the 18-hole winner, and it was Geiling prevailing for the win.

Tied for third place at 1-under 70 were Randy King, Os Hillman, and Ed Donlin, who is an Equipment Panelist for AmaturGolf.com. Four players were tied for sixth place at even-par and notables out of that group included Tony Romo's father, Ramiro Romo, who missed the cut on Sunday at the U.S. Senior Amateur in New Jersey.

Also returning from Hidden Creek having missed the cut was four-time defending champion Brady Exber of Las Vegas. His opening-round score of 72 had him three shots back and tied for tenth place, but with the tournament's cancellation, he was not able to attempt to make it five in a row.

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This tournament will no longer be played after 2021.

54 hole stroke play on a 1925 Seth Raynor design. Senior (ages 55+) and super senior (ages 65+) divisions.

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