Strong winds and severe storm warnings saw officials call players from the course at the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic shortly after 8am with a decision made at 3pm to cancel first round scores and restart the tournament tomorrow.
The first group had completed five holes when the sirens blew as string wind gusts caused ball to oscillate on several greens.
Two hours later, a severe storm lashed the area and it was 1pm before officials could go out to inspect the Old American Golf Club course to see if it was in acceptable condition to play.
Round 1 of @VOATexasLPGA remains suspended due to storms in the area. Officials hope to be able to assess the course at 1 pm, with our next update being provided at 1:30 pm. Stay tuned. pic.twitter.com/omRe1clUqX— LPGA (@LPGA) May 3, 2018
While the course was indeed playable, the weather was less agreeable and with the forecast for afternoon conditions constantly changing a decision was made shortly after 3.30pm to suspend play for the day and cancel the opening round.
A brief story on the LPGA website said: “The LPGA Rules Staff explained that the only equitable thing to do for the entire field was to cancel the scores from the first hour and nine minutes of play when conditions were incredibly difficult.”
Play will resume at 7am local time tomorrow in what will now be a 54-hole event.
Seven Australians are in the field though none had teed off when the drama unfolded early on day one.
Karie Webb, Hannah Green, Su Oh, Sarah Jane Smith, Katherine Kirk, Rebecca Artis and Minjee Lee are all teeing up as is last week’s winner Lydia Ko.
Ko had started her round Thursday and was even par after two holes when play was called.
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