America’s Alan Tapie was the early first round leader when torrential rain brought play to a halt during the first round of the STC Scandinavian Seniors International at Kunsangen GC near Stockholm.
Tapie, the 1999 Elf Seniors champion from California, was out in four under par 32 when incessant rain flooded the course and meant that play had to be abandoned until 8.30 am the following morning.
Tapie will resume his first round one shot ahead of 2001 PGA Seniors champion, Ian Stanley with Welshman, Craig Defoy, Ireland’s Arnold O’Connor, and Englishmen, Maurice Bembridge and Tommy Horton all at two under par at around the mid-point of their rounds.
Horton, the man who headed the European Seniors Tour Order of Merit five times between 1993 and 1999, was out in 34 in his first event since pulling out of last month’s Microlease Jersey Seniors Masters suffering from a problem with the sight in his right eye.
Compatriot, Tony Jacklin, also made a solid start as he prepares from next week’s Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes.
The former Open and US Open champion was standing at one under par after his first seven holes and was delighted with the way he was playing on his first competitive appearance since missing the cut at the AIB Seniors Open at the start of May.
"It's a shame that we had to stop because I was playing quite nicely but there was nothing else we could do," said Jacklin.
"I just hope that I can keep this up because a good tournament here would set me up for what is bound to be an emotional week next week."