NICHOLASVILLE — Wednesday's second round at the State Amateur Championship teed off at 8 a.m. without a hitch, but it didn't take long for plans to change.
Heavy storms rolled in at 11:15 a.m. and eventually washed out Wednesday's play at Champion Trace Golf Club before any of the 155 golfers could finish the round. Tournament officials waited more than three hours to decide to suspend play for the day.
Bill Coomer, director of tournament operations, said Thursday's schedule is dependent on the weather and the course's condition.
If conditions Thursday morning will not allow a player to play his shot as it lies, the rules indicate, the player will play the ball "up" and be allowed a club length to move the ball to a playable position.
Since the players started Wednesday playing the ball "down," or strictly as it lies, all players will have to start the second round from scratch Thursday if the course doesn't allow the ball to be played down.
The final round will now be played Friday. More storms are forecast Thursday, but Coomer said the tournament will finish Friday even if weather forces officials to crown its champion after 36 holes.
"Once the rain stops, the course superintendent and I will look at the course and see what can be done. If it's raining and it abruptly clears up, it still could take an hour and a half to get back on the course," Coomer said before a thunderclap interrupted his train of thought.
"That, we won't mess with."