Thursday, 18 July 2002
Hours of heavy rain which has flooded parts of the Brunstorf Golf and Country Club course has forced officials to abandon play on the first day of the Golf Challenge near Hamburg.

Yesterday’s pro-am was played in generally wet conditions but continual heavy rain overnight and again this morning has flooded six fairways while all the waterways, which drain the course are overflowing.

The start of play was delayed for three hours this morning but with no let up in the rain, Challenge Tour Director, Alain de Soultrait decided there was little hope of starting and abandoned play for the day.

“The fairways are the problem,” he said. “The greens are fine but the ditches are full and therefore the water on the fairways has nowhere to go. When we took the decision not to play today the fairways on holes six, eight, nine, 11, 13 and 14 were flooded.

“Most of the bunkers are also flooded and even if the rain stops it would take the greenstaff four hours to get the course fit for play and for the fairways to dry out.

“The situation has been getting worse since the scheduled start of play at 7.30am and it is still raining. The weather forecast is not good for the rest of today but tomorrow’s is slightly better. It is a pity we have this situation because the players like the course, which is extremely long to start with. In the wet conditions it will play even longer.”

The plan is to start the first round tomorrow morning at 7.30am.

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