Rain delays Kivett finish to Saturday
As the rain pelted down on the Oak Hollow golf course, the water started accumulating into puddles on the greens.
By the time the last foursome got to the fourth green, the water had collected there and at other places so much that tournament officials had to postpone the finish of the Bud Kivett Memorial City Golf Championship until Saturday.
“I agree with the decision,” said first-round leader Harrison Frye, who was among those in the final group. “When we got to the fourth green, it wasn’t playable. My ball was just off the green and there was no water there. But, on the green, there were puddles deep enough that it would have affected the ball.”
High Point director of golf Steve High said water had also begun puddling on the fifth and eighth greens.
The postponement applies to 41 golfers who teed off in the afternoon and are in the championship, first and second flights. Those golfers who started in the morning completed their rounds and their scores are in the books (see results on B2).
“When the final group got to hole No. 4, the green was really saturated,” High said. “There was standing water around the hole. And, there was water on 5 and 8, so we made the decision to stop play. The course held up well. It was in good shape. But, the accumulation of water on the green forced us to stop.”
High said the postponement is just the second in the 37 editions of the Kivett, The only previous one came in 1997, when more inclement weather on the rain date resulted in Larry Townsend being declared the winner on his 18-hole score.
Scores for the afternoon groups on Sunday would have counted through nine holes if everyone had gotten that far. But since they did not, all will start from scratch on Sunday.
The postponement wipes out a bogey Frye made on No. 3.
Frye shot 64 on Saturday at Blair Park and holds a 1-shot lead over Tanner Gross. Justin Franklin and Gary Pugh are tied for third at 67.
“Having the lead is something to think about this week,” Frye, a junior at High Point Central, said. “I’ve got to try and not get too carried away about it. I’m going to focus on school to keep my mind off of it and just try to keep my game sharp.”
He also has some golf to think about. Frye will compete for the Bison in an 18-hole Piedmont Triad 4A Conference match Tuesday.
“It won’t be a distraction for me,” Frye said. “I think it will help give me confidence going into Saturday.”
High said at least “four or five” golfers have indicated they cannot return Saturday. Among them is championship flight member Ryan Wilson, who has plans to take his wife to New York to celebrate their second wedding anniversary.
Frye intends to return but may have a conflict. Saturday is prom night for Central.
“Right now, I’m planning to come back,” Frye said. “But, Saturday is prom night. So, I’ll just have to see when the tee times are and judge how long it will take to play and then get ready.”