Weather short­ens Fire­cracker to 36 holes

only 28 of 140 fin­ish as rain halts 1st-round play

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Doug Smith

Scott Roude­bush did not ex­pect to have Satur­day off, but that’s what has hap­pened be­cause of Fri­day’s rain, which cre­ated havoc with the first round of play in the Fire­cracker Open at Austin’s Lions Mu­nic­i­pal.

Roude­bush, the de­fend­ing tour­na­ment cham­pion, teed off in the sec­ond group of the day at 8:20 a.m. Fri­day. He had just com­pleted play at 1:30 p.m. with a solid 6-un­der round of 65, when the rain be­gan to fall.

Then it rained harder and harder, and play­ers were called off the course. Only 28 of the 140 play­ers in the cham­pi­onship di­vi­sion had fin­ished their round.

At 3:15 p.m. tour­na­ment of­fi­cials called it a day, with most of the course un­der­wa­ter and un­playable.

Of­fi­cials con­sid­ered wash­ing out the en­tire first round. Ul­ti­mately, they de­cided that Fri­day’s com­pleted scores would stand and other play­ers will re­port to Muny at 9 a.m. to­day to re­sume play where they left off.

They will com­plete the first round to­day, weather per­mit­ting, in what is now a 36-hole tour­na­ment.

Play­ers who fin­ished their first round Fri­day, like Roude­bush, won’t play to­day. They will be back Sun­day for the fi­nal round.

“The course is just un­playable to­day, and we ac­tu­ally will have a lot of work to do to get it ready for Satur­day,” said Lloyd Mor­ri­son, the long­time head pro­fes­sional at Lions Mu­nic­i­pal.

“We are try­ing to do what is fair and will make most of the play­ers happy. It’s a tough sit­u­a­tion, but … we can’t run this tour­na­ment to Mon­day.”

Roude­bush said that pa­tience is a key fac­tor in con­tend­ing at the Fire­cracker. He will have to put that to the test with the weather chal­lenge.

“There is a process to do­ing well or win­ning this tour­na­ment,” said Roude­bush, an Austin na­tive who will be a se­nior at TCU. “You have to be pa­tient and wait for your chances when they come.

“On this course you should get a lot of looks at birdies. You just have to take ad­van­tage when you get those looks.”

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