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May 1, 2014

Rain continues to plague Classic events

VALDOSTA — The weather was the undisputed champion of the First State Bank and Trust Company Pro-Am on Wednesday at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club.

Both the morning and afternoon sessions of the Pro-Am leading up to the South Georgia Classic were first postponed and then canceled due to the rainy weather that lasted throughout the day.

The morning groups were supposed to tee off at 7:15 a.m. but were pushed back until 9:30 a.m. and then still didn’t make it onto the course. The afternoon portion, which was supposed to start originally at 12:30 p.m., was rescheduled to a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start and last just nine holes. But that plan, too, was scrapped around 11:30 a.m., when it was also called off.

“Unfortunately, just due to some inclement weather with lightning in the area and honestly, just too much rain for the golf course, we had to cancel both the morning and afternoon part of the Pro-Am,” tournament manager Joerdan Simpson said. “It’s a huge part of the week here, but we can’t control Mother Nature, unfortunately.

“But the guys still got the chance to come out and interact with the players and still got all their gifts that come along with the Pro-Am. Plus, we’re trying to put together an outing for those guys Monday, so they’ll still get a round of golf. We’re going to take care of them.”

The forecast isn’t looking much better heading into the eighth annual Classic with a 60 percent chance of rain today and a 70 percent chance Friday according to The Weather Channel on Wednesday afternoon.

“I’ve spent a lot of time with the meteorologist the past few days, really all morning today,” Simpson said. “Right now, yeah it’s not a promising future the next few days but things have been changing. So we’ll play it by ear and see if it changes.

“We’ll get the tournament in, we just may have a few rain delays to go with it.”

If the weather cooperates, today’s first round is slated to begin at 7:15 a.m. Fan favorite and former two-time major champion John Daly is among the early groupings, scheduled to start on No. 10 at 7:35 a.m. Fellow two-time former major winner Lee Janzen, a late entry into the field, is scheduled to start on No. 10 at 8:25 a.m.

Other notables include Luke List, the 2012 Classic winner who tees off at 8:05 a.m. on No. 1; inaugural Classic champion John Kimbell starting on No. 1 at 8:55 a.m.; 2009 Classic champ Garth Mulroy beginning on No. 10 at 1 p.m.; and Tour money leader Carlos Ortiz is on the 10th tee at that 7:15 a.m. start.

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