Silvis, Ill. – The College of Coastal Georgia men's golf team will have to finish out its second round at the NAIA Men's Golf National Championship on Wednesday as inclement weather halted play on Tuesday afternoon.
Severe storms which produced hail and tornado warnings stopped play for two hours Wednesday morning, and with more storms and darkness rolling in, play was ulitimately suspened in the afternoon before any of the teams that teed off in the afternoon could finish. Fifteen of the 29 teams still needed to finish their second rounds on the TPC at Deere Run course. Play will resume at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday.
Coastal Georgia still has six holes to play. Head coach Mike Cook said the conditions Wednesday were as tough as he's seen in his time with the Mariners.
"The winds were 26 mph with gusts at 40-plus mph," he said. "The morning wave got the best draw as the winds were 14-20 mph, but that's golf. Our guys have three to six holes left to finish the round, and we'll do so early in the morning. We are playing fairly well in these conditions."
Paxton Shuman, who led the Mariners with a 75 in Tuesday's first round, was 1-over-par through 12 holes Wednesday when play was called off. Seth Sanders was 3-over through 13 holes, Lauri Hacklin was 7-over through 14, Eamon Owen was 11-over after 15 and Taylor Guilbeau was 12-over through 14.
"These scores don't sound exceptional, but believe me, it's 10 to 15 shots tougher today than yesterday," Cook said.
The Mariners shot a 32-over 316 in Tuesday's opening round and were in 21st place when they started out on Wednesday.
"Hopefully, we can finish this round and improve our position," Cook said.
Cardinal Stritch, which led the tournament after round one with a 289, remains the clubhouse leader as it finished its second round with a 306 score for a two-round 595 mark.
Of the teams that did finish, the lowest score on Wednesday was a 302 recorded by Northwestern College (Iowa).
The clubhouse leader in the individual standings is Evan Holmes from British Columbia who shot 74 in the second round. He opened with a 72 on Tuesday and has posted a 2-over 146 score through 36 holes.
Deere Run is a par-71 course.
The 72-hole tournament is scheduled to finish on Friday.