TRINTY, TexasóHeavy rains washed out play in the first round of the Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship.
Play began at 8:30 a.m. at Whispering Pines Golf Club. By 10:33 a.m., the competitors were pulled off the course for the first of several lengthy delays. Not another shot was played on Wednesday and at 2:45 p.m., Tournament Director Eric Fredricksen announced the first round would be suspended until Thursday morning.
"Thereís at least one more major storm cell headed this way,Ē Fredricksen said. "Weíre going to play it safe and send everyone back to Camp Olympia. Weíll re-start tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. if the weather allows.Ē
One of the first teams out, Sweden got off to a fast start and leads at 4-under par through five holes. Swedes Pontus Gad and Frida Gustafsson-Sprang were 2-under and teammate Linnea Johansson was 1-under.
France and Belgium were tied for second place at 3-under when play was called. Spain and Italy currently sit at 2-under. The U.S. Teamís Ally McDonald birdied the first hole, but the delay occurred before the U.S. Menís Team could finish the first hole.
The biennial Spirit International is a co-ed 72-hole team best ball event contested by the top 20 golfing countries in the golf as determined by the combined menís and womenís results from the 2012 World Team Amateur Championships. Each participating country sends its top two men and women amateurs along with a captain to represent it at The Spirit.
The players simultaneously compete in five separate events. Gold, silver and bronze medals are at stake in the International Team Division, as well as the Menís and Womenís Divisions. The Menís and Womenís Individual champions are determined by the players with the most strokes under par for the championship. The winner of the Menís Individual competition will receive a sponsorís exemption into the PGA Tourís 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
For live scoring and more information, please visit www.thespiritgolf.com.
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