Women's tourney cut back

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:26 AM ET

If you listen hard enough, there is the sound of a familiar nursery rhyme (rain, rain go away ...) and likely the odd curse word being uttered by golfers and course superintendents throughout the province.

Due to another thundershower on Sunday night, Golf Manitoba was forced to cancel the opening round of a tournament for the second consecutive week.

UNPLAYABLE

Last week, it was the opening round of the junior boys championship, while yesterday they were forced to reduce the Manitoba Women's Amateur/Senior Championship to 36 holes when it was deemed that Bel Acres Golf & Country Club was unplayable.

"It's frustrating, to say the least," said Golf Manitoba executive director Dave Comaskey. "It's the first time this has happened, from what I understand."

Comaskey said that former Golf Manitoba executive member Don Craig remembers the junior amateur and the amateur being reduced by 18 holes, but never in the same year.

"The forecast over the next week is supposed to be favourable but the water table is so high that every little bit we get ... places are just starting to recover from the rain of two weeks ago," said Comaskey. "We're trying to deal with it as best we can. About 95% of the people that are participating in our events have been understanding. My staff has done the best possible job with what we've had to deal with. Some people have been upset about the decisions we've made. We're trying to please everyone and that's difficult to do. We thought we were over the weather hurdles last week. It's unfortunate."

EARN BERTH

The women's field of 57 will tee it up tomorrow morning and wrap things up on Thursday.

Tee times for tomorrow will be the same as what they would have been Tuesday.

The top four amateurs earn a berth on the Manitoba teams that play in the Royale Cup National Women's Amateur Championship in Squamish, B.C. Aug. 8 to 12 and in the Western Canadian team matches in Edmonton Aug. 21 to 24.

The top four seniors advance to the Royale National Women's Senior Championship in Dewinton, Alta. Aug. 22 to 25.

CHIP SHOTS: There are 34 players ready to tee it up in the men's rural junior championship on Thursday and Friday at the Winkler Golf Club.


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