Friday, May 15, 2009

NCAA Golf: Gimme shelter

By Weinman - Holes 2-7 at Olde Stone are not easy to get to. More importantly, they're not easy to get away from. With all five Commodores on the remote front nine (picture above is path down from 1-2; graphic below show 2-7 in red), a deluge hit around 4 o'clock. The players were shuttled back to the clubhouse in vans, while about 50 spectators and coaches huddled around a small shelter trying to avoid the sideways rain. Officials are hoping to resume momentarily and go until darkness prohibits play.

A couple of notes from earlier on the front nine.... Jon Curran was standing in the fairway on No. 1 when the first weather delay occurred. Two hours later, the players were sent back out. Curran, one of the first to reach his ball as players were shuttled out, stood over his shot in the fairway for about 10 minutes before the horn blew to signal the restart.

Former Commodore great and 2007 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Brandt Snedeker was seen keeping up with his alma mater earlier. Also in attendance at today's round were 2008 grad Billy Whalen and former women's All-American Jacqui Concolino.

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