This wasn’t the storybook beginning the LPGA had in mind.
After violent storms crashed the Paradise Island party, the LPGA was forced to cancel the Pro-Am at the first-year Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic. And because the golf course remains flooded in many areas, the event was postponed to a Friday start and shortened to 54 holes.
Locals are calling it the worst storm in 20 years. It’s just bad timing and bad luck for the LPGA, whose Bahamas tournament is one of several new events populating its growing schedule.
“The damage to the golf course and structures caused by Tuesday’s heavy rain and winds was extensive and we are working around the clock to repair damages and drain the golf course so that we can present a first-class event for the LPGA, Pure Silk and the people of the Bahamas,” tournament director Matt Truax said in a statement. “We thank everyone for their understanding and patience while we do everything possible to return Ocean Club Golf Course to championship condition.”
More storms are a possibility Thursday, but tournament officials are planning for a Friday start as they clean up the tournament course. The practice facilities re-opened for the players Thursday at 9 a.m.
This is the 12th time in LPGA history that weather has reduced a tournament to 54 holes. It last occurred at the 2010 Bell Micro LPGA Classic.