Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic
Ocean Club Golf Course
Atlantis, Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas
Wednesday Pre-Tournament Notes and Interviews
May 22, 2013
Mother Nature became the story at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic afternoon as nearly a foot of rain fell on the Ocean Club Golf Course at Atlantis, Paradise Island between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Tuesday.
In the wake of violent storms, significant amounts of standing water remain on at least seven holes with the ninth and 18th fairways completely flooded. Crews began work overnight to remove the water and the efforts to clear debris and make the golf course playable are on-going.
As a result of the last 24 hours, the inaugural Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic has been shortened to a 54-hole event beginning on Friday. First and second-round pairings will remain the same with a 36-hole cut made on Saturday night.
“Mentally, you’re still in it although physically you can’t do anything today at the course,” said Suzann Pettersen. “I’m happy I got 18 holes of practice in yesterday. We will play whenever we can.”
Many homes, cars and roadways in Nassau were flooded on Tuesday in what locals are calling the worst storm in the last 20 years.
“You can’t feel guilty about not practicing or playing today because no one is allowed out there,” said Stacy Lewis. “I certainly wish for the tournament’s sake that we could have played the pro-am. First-year events have some bumps and we always get through them. This is no different.”
There is a 60 percent chance for more rain showers on Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday. Tournament officials continue to monitor the weather and course conditions with safety for golfers and spectators as the first priority.
Statement from Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic Tournament Director Matt Truax: “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. We thank everyone for their understanding and patience while we do everything possible to return Ocean Club Golf Course to championship condition.”
Pro-Am participants weren’t able to golf on Wednesday, but they were treated to a unique Q&A session. In lieu of today’s pro-am, LPGA Chief Communications Officer Kraig Kann hosted a series of “behind-the-scenes” interviews for pro-am participants and media with a group of 10 players including Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park, No. 2 Stacy Lewis and No. 3 Suzann Pettersen.
“I’m not sure you would find this kind of support from the top players in any other sport on such short notice,” Kann told the audience.
Park, Lewis and Pettersen were joined by Brittany Lincicome, Brittany Lang, Natalie Gulbis, Lizette Salas, So Yeon Ryu, Katherine Hull-Kirk and Jill McGill.
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Topics: Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic