For the first time in its history, the Buffalo Run Casino Classic lost a round to the weather.
Saturday's play was postponed before it even got started because of a torrential downpour that left the Peoria Ridge Golf Course saturated again.
“With the ground already being saturated like it was from the rains the past few weeks, the golf course had a lot of holes where they are going to need all day to drain and get it into playable condition,” Hooters Tour tournament director Jeff Harlow said.
The course received about an inch of rain in a 45-minute period about 7 a.m. Saturday.
The decision to postpone Saturday's play came about 9 a.m. after tour officials and Peoria Ridge superintendent Milton Hale toured the course.
“It put us back where we were Wednesday - the ground was so saturated anyway,” Hale said.
Barring any additional rain, the third round will begin at 7 a.m. instead of 7:30 a.m. with a final 18 following.
“(Holes)1, 10 and 8 have water draining off them,” Hale said. “Tour officials decided they would let it drain today and then play 36 tomorrow.”
Hale said it was mostly cart paths that were affected, but the fairway on No. 8 was soggy.
“Right now, we're hoping to get 36 holes in, but that all hinges on what kind of weather we get the rest of the day and on into the night,” Harlow said.
“We basically had the course set up for play today,” Hale said. “The cups had been changed, so it's ready. In between third and fourth rounds, we will reset the pins. It won't take us long.”
Seventy-four players made the cut of 5-under par 139. Groups will not be re-paired for round four.
Monday play is not really an option, Harlow said.
“I don't think we would be able to go into Monday,” he said. “We wouldn't start a round knowing that we couldn't finish it on Sunday.”
The only time a round has been cancelled this season was the final 18 at the season opener in Guatemala.
Unusual rain and fog blanketed the San Isidro Country Club, making the conditions unplayable for most of Sunday. Scores reverted to their 54-hole total.
“Other than that, every tournament this year has been 72 holes,” Harlow said. “We've been real lucky this year. I felt we got lucky the last two days.
“We were waiting for something to happen - you knew it had to eventually happen somewhere, but we were hoping that it would be further down the line than here,” he said.
Andrew Tschudin of Melbourne, Australia, opened up a one-shot lead over Clint Provost of Gulf Breeze, Fla., following Friday's round.
Tschudin logged his second consecutive 8-under par 64 and stands at 16-under par 128. Provost backed up his opening round 64 with a second round 7-under 65 for a 15-under 129.
Five players are jammed together at 12-under 132, including first round co-leader Brandon Aydlett of Baton Rouge, La.
Included in that group are Jordan Dempsey (Baton Rouge, La.), Tim Ailes (Gahanna, Ohio), Bronson La'Cassie (Queensland, Australia) and Josh Teater (Lexington, Ky.).
The total purse for the Buffalo Run Casino classic is $200,000, with $33,566 going to the winner.