“There’s no need to roll the dice,” said new Elizabethton Golf Course pro and general manager Chad Odom. “You have to borrow on the safe side, 100 percent. It doesn’t take but one mistake to ruin the day for everybody.
”I’ve seen strange things in 28 years of doing this. You learn to borrow on the safe side and protect the players. We did the right thing.”
Vivid lightning and roaring thunder more or less signified the end of the first round as most of the field milled about the scoring pavilion and the clubhouse. Not too long after, it was confirmed. The round was suspended shortly before 5 p.m.
With nobody in the championship flight finished — and one group yet to start — Saturday figures to be a long day of golf. Everybody who didn’t finish will resume from where they left off at 8 a.m. The groups won’t be changed to expedite getting the players back out for the second round.
The championship flight is scheduled to begin the second round at 10:30 a.m. The final championship flight tee time is 1:20 p.m. Blake Howard, Ben Treadway and Tyler Duntsch will have the longest days, with 36 holes to play. They were on the first tee when the siren sounded pulling players off the course.
Howard and Treadway are former champions of this event.
Among the finishers in the senior division, Mike Wood shot a 6-under-par 66 and won’t have to play again until his 10 a.m. second-round tee time.
Wood, from Franklin, N.C., is bidding for his third consecutive Tri-Cities Amateur Tour tournament title. He won the Tillinghast Invitational at Johnson City Country Club and the Link Hills Invitational in Greeneville.
The good news is the forecast for the rest of the weekend is calling for nice weather with highs in the high 80s and just a slight chance of rain.
”Let’s enjoy the day tomorrow and take advantage of an 80-degree day in July,” Odom said. “We’ll be ready to go.”
(Rain-interrupted first round resumes at 8 a.m. Saturday; most of the field still to finish.)
Saturday’s second-round groupings
8:30 a.m. — Dean Batchelder, Eddie Bailey, Lyman Fulton
8:40 a.m. — Joe Avento, James Fender, Jeff Andrews
8:50 a.m. — Greg Goulds, Mike Davis, Dan Robbie
9:00 a.m. — Chris Tidwell, Ansley Bishop, Herb Smith
9:10 a.m. — Dave Dugger, Scott Campbell, Andrew Quillen
9:20 a.m. — Wayne Buckles, Jamie Shipley, Richard Parker
9:30 a.m. — James White, Marty Eads, Bob Ross
9:40 a.m. — Eddie Lewis, Tony Gouge, Ronnie Burton
9:50 a.m. — Dwight Scott, Tommy Scott, Marc Runyan
10:00 am. — Mike Wood, Mike Poe, Bill Hardin
10:30 a.m. — Gabe Turner, Shawn Ray, Ricky Telton
10:40 a.m. — Bryan Sangid, Joe Brooks, Tommy Miller
10:50 a.m. — Hunter Chandley, Matthew Bateman, Tucker Alley
11:00 a.m. — Reid Smith, Tyler Justis, Wesley Hall
11:10 a.m. — Nick Bradshaw, Josh Taylor, Jeremy Rollins
11:20 a.m. — Matt Dibella, Gibson Miller, Boddie Bible
11:30am. — Sam Pleasant, Jordan Williams, Caleb Moss
11:40 a.m. — Tyler Lane, Benjamin Harris, Chad Couch
11:50 a.m. — Cameron Lane, Jacob Davis, Dakota Rash
Noon — Ben Campbell, Chris Guy, Garrett Whitfield
12:10 p.m. — Chip Spratlin, Lucas Armstrong, Nick York
12:20 p.m. — Mitchell Sutton, Tyler Presley, Cayman Ratliff
12:30 p.m. — Carlson Cox, Jeff Scott, David Talley
12:40 p.m. — Cameron Dugger, Matt Love, Laeth Ratliff
12:50 p.m. — Jason Hoagland, Michael Kucera, Tyler Cox
1:00 p.m. — Elliott Smith, Christofer Schaff, Kolby Evans
1:10 p.m. — Hunter Adams, Brandon Mathes, Ethan Mays
1:20 p.m. — Blake Howard, Ben Treadway, Tyler Duntsch
Match play pairings
2:00 p.m. — James Steffan vs, Kelly Lane
2:10 p.m. — Brian Pardue vs. Tyler Church
2:20 p.m. — Bennett Swafford vs. Stephen Wilson
2:30 p.m. — Andrew Pisacao vs. Luke Bateman
2:40 p.m. — Zack McCamey vs. Eric Hall
2:50 p.m. — Mitchell Nidiffer vs. Jeff Taylor
3:00 p.m. — Tony Southard vs.Brad Hedrick
3:10 p.m. — Carol Deaton vs. Deano Taylor
3:20 p.m. — Jason Otto vs. Mark Dugger
3:30 p.m. — Harmon Duncan vs. Brian Allen
3:40 p.m. — Jerry Whitt vs. David Croston
3:50 p.m. — Michael Hawk vs. Andrew Julian
4:00 p.m. — Troy Baker vs. Keith Buck
4:10 p.m. — Casey Goetz vs. John Angelopolous
4:20 p.m. — Chad Napier vs.Rick Eggers