The weather was the story of the first day at The Great Waterway Classic at Upper Canada Golf Course in Morrisburg, Ont.
After a three and a half hour delay through the middle of the day, play was officially suspended for the day at 5:07 p.m. after more bad weather blew through the area.
Event organizers and patrons were in good spirits for a fine day of golf early in the day, but the rain quickly washed away any thoughts of getting in a full first day.
A soft drizzle fell when the first group went off at 7:30 a.m. but that quickly turned into a heavy rain by mid-morning. The rain, combined with thunder in the area, caused for the players to be pulled off the golf course and the tee times to be pushed back.
The weather for Friday is calling for sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-20s, meaning the balance of first rounds, plus likely all of round two will be completed.
The Great Waterway Classic suffered the fourth such weather delay the PGA Tour Canada season so far (six events total).
Some of the players took to Twitter during the delay, including former Big Break winner David Byrne.
There are 16 groups who have yet to tee off for their first rounds, meaning approximately 37 golfers will be playing 36 holes Friday.
PGA Tour Canada order of merit leader Riley Wheeldon managed to play just one hole before the horn blew for the day. He says that it’ll be a grind tomorrow, but hopefully will be able to get on a roll.
Among those yet to tee off include last week’s winner Joe Panzeri, former Golf Canada national team members Albin Choi and Mackenzie Hughes, current national team member Justin Shin, and local native (and former PGA Tour player) Matt McQuillan.
McQuillan and Hughes will play together at 8:20 a.m. Friday alongside Greg Doherty of Mississauga, Ont. They were both granted sponsors exemptions at the start of the week.
Lightning struck – but in a good way – for American Brett Lederer early in the round as he made a hole-in-one on the par-3 15th. The fireworks continued for fellow American George Bradford who aced the par-3 3rd hole from 124 yards.
JJ Spaun, Will Strickler, and Steven Lecuyer hold the current lead at 6-under. Strickler and Lecuyer finished their rounds Thursday, while Spaun is through 15 holes.
PGA Tour Canada also released two videos showcasing its players in fun settings in Morrisburg during Thursday’s weather delay. The first was at Upper Canada Village, where one player gave a new meaning to a “low stinger” shot. The second was at the Morrisburg air strip, where Matt Hoffmann hit a drive nearly 600 yards!