Round 1 in Maryland will resume Saturday morningtext sizeJune 05, 2009
MITCHELLVILLE, Md. -- The first round of the Nationwide Tour's Melwood Prince George's County Open has yet to be completed after persistent rains wiped out Friday's schedule.
"The course right now is unplayable," said Nationwide Tour Tournament Director Jim Duncan. "We fully expect the rain to subside before sundown today. That will give the course time to recover, and we can restart first thing in morning. The biggest factor right now is our ability to start on time tomorrow. If we can do that, there is a very good chance we can finish the second round."
The completion of the first round -- with 75 players still on the course -- is now scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, with the second round expected to start at 9 a.m.
The course has received over an inch of rain in the last 24 hours, but the weather forecast for Saturday should offer much more favorable playing conditions than the first two days, with little to no precipitation expected and partly cloudy skies during the day.
After rains persisted Friday morning, tournament officials postponed play at around 11:40 a.m.
"The hardest thing is sitting around waiting," said Patrick Moore, who played 11 holes on Thursday before play was halted. "It's just not something we are used to doing, and it really gets you out of your routine."
In Thursday's first round, play was halted at 4:30 p.m. due to heavy rain and excess water on the course, with play officially suspended at 6 p.m., leaving more than half the field still on the course.
Australian Cameron Percy is the clubhouse leader at 8 under, with a couple of countrymen right behind him -- Michael Sim at 6 under and Andre Stolz at 5 under. Tom Scherrer of Raleigh, N.C., where last week's event was played, is also tied for third with Stolz at 5 under through 12 holes.
Should Sim win this week's event, it would be his third Nationwide Tour win of the season and earn him an automatic and immediate promotion to the PGA TOUR.