Staal Open resumes Friday morning after rain halted play Thursday
Organizers with the Staal Foundation Open golf tournament in Thunder Bay, Ont., say play resumed Friday morning after the competition was halted Thursday due to rain.
Players were slated to tee off at 8 a.m. Friday.
"We weren't able to finish round one yesterday because of the weather but we are finishing it today," spokesperson Brian Decker told CBC News. "We will begin round two and finish that up tomorrow morning before making the cut and going from there."
The top 60 players in the field move on to weekend play.
Not a cloud in the sky. Round 1 has resumed at Whitewater Golf Club. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/staalopen2017?src=hash">#staalopen2017</a>—@StaalOpen
There shouldn't be any weather-related delays Friday, as Environment Canada was forecasting sunshine and highs of 26 C.
The wet weather in the Thunder Bay area throughout the week caused many players to forego practice sessions Wednesday, but officials with the Mackenzie Tour said hard work by the grounds crew at Whitewater Golf Club had the course ready for Thursday morning's start.
An afternoon downpour on Thursday soaked the greens, however, making the course unplayable, which led to the suspension of play.
"It can be a challenge in that some players had to come back and finish their round today," Decker said of the breakup in play. "It's a little bit of a different schedule but at the same time, these are professional athletes and they're conditioned to being able to play at all times of the day."