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Published: Wednesday, 7/9/2008

Highland Meadows gets more rain

BY DAVE HACKENBERG
BLADE SPORTS COLUMNIST
Yesterday's afternoon thunderstorm left a wet calling card on the No. 1 fairway at Highland Meadows, washing out activities. Yesterday's afternoon thunderstorm left a wet calling card on the No. 1 fairway at Highland Meadows, washing out activities.
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About the last thing Highland Meadows Golf Course needed was another inch-plus of rain.

But a storm blew through yesterday afternoon that left water standing in the fairways, converted bunkers into small pools, turned the greens into sponges, and left officials of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic keeping a very wary eye on Ten Mile Creek.

The inclement weather cut short numerous LPGA practice rounds and forced cancellation of the late-afternoon Image Group Celebrity/Pro Challenge. Also, much of the day-long Toledo Edison/ProMedica Heath System Pro-Am at Inverness Club was washed out.

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Farr director Judd Silverman said he was confident today's National City Celebrity Pro-Am, the tournament's big money-maker scheduled to start at 7 a.m. and run throughout the day, would be staged as planned.

By early evening the sky was clear and the sun shinning, but the creek was at its brim and course workers were ankle deep in water with pumps attempting to clear the low area between the No. 2 green and No. 3 tee. Plus, the superintendent's crew faced a long night of pumping and repairing sand bunkers.

Ten Mile Creek, which flooded badly during the 2006 Farr Classic, was well out of its banks for several days last week after severe storms dumped more than three inches of rain one night.

Farr officials said the flooding was worse even than in '06. But the water subsided Sunday morning and the course was in remarkably good shape for Monday's pro-am events and until yesterday's storm hit.

Golfers were evacuated off the course just after 2 p.m. because of threatening weather. Heavy rains started at 2:40 and tornado sirens were sounded at about 2:55. About one inch of rain fell during the first hour of the storm, according to Meadows course superintendent Dan Salois.

The rain continued for another couple hours, although at a far lighter pace.

"The golf course has taken a lot of water in the last week," Silverman said. "Now, another substantial downpour forced us to cancel our afternoon events, which is unfortunate. Hopefully, Ten Mile Creek was down far enough that we'll be able to survive this hit."

The 72-hole Farr Classic, with a field of 143 professionals and one amateur, begins tomorrow with tee times starting at 7:30 a.m.

FIRST ROUND

Beth Allen No. 1 7:50 a.m.

Dina Ammaccapane No. 10 7:30 a.m.

Beth Bader No. 10 8:30 a.m.

Kyeong Bae No. 1 9:10 a.m.

Marisa Baena No. 1 9:10 a.m.

Emily Bastel No. 10 2:05 p.m.

*Mallory Blackwelder No. 10 2:05 p.m.

Erica Blasberg No. 1 1:05 p.m.

Ashli Bunch No. 1 1:25 p.m.

Audra Burks No. 1 1:45 p.m.

Brandie Burton No. 10 12:55 p.m.

Nicole Castrale No. 10 9:20 a.m.

Irene Cho No. 1 9:20 a.m.

Jeanne Cho-Hunicke No. 1 8:20 a.m.

H.J. Choi No. 1 9:00 a.m.

Il Mi Chung No. 1 12:15 p.m.

Paula Creamer No. 10 8:50 a.m.

Diana D Alessio No. 1 12:45 p.m.

Eva Dahllof No. 10 7:50 a.m.

Heather Daly-Donofrio No. 1 8:10 a.m.

Laura Davies No. 10 9:20 a.m.

Dorothy Delasin No. 1 9:10 a.m.

Laura Diaz No. 10 8:40 a.m.

Wendy Doolan No. 1 1:55 p.m.

Danielle Downey No. 1 1:15 p.m.

Meredith Duncan No. 10 8:20 a.m.

Moira Dunn No. 1 1:05 p.m.

Michelle Ellis No. 1 8:30 a.m.

Mollie Fankhauser No. 1 8:20 a.m.

Shanshan Feng No. 10 7:40 a.m.

Allison Fouch No. 1 12:45 p.m.

Meaghan Francella No. 10 12:15 p.m.

Katie Futcher No. 10 2:05 p.m.

Sandra Gal No. 1 9:20 a.m.

Jackie Gallagher-Smith No. 10 1:35 p.m.

Sophie Giquel No. 1 8:30 a.m.

Vicki Goetze-Ackerman No. 1 2:05 p.m.

Kate Golden No. 1 8:00 a.m.

Julieta Granada No. 10 12:15 p.m.

Jennifer Greggain No. 10 1:15 p.m.

Anna Grzebien No. 1 7:30 a.m.

Natalie Gulbis No. 10 8:50 a.m.

Russy Gulyanamitta No. 1 12:55 p.m.

Sophie Gustafson No. 1 12:55 p.m.

Nicole Hage No. 10 8:20 a.m.

Kim Hall No. 10 8:10 a.m.

Allison Hanna-Williams No. 10 8:30 a.m.

Candy Hannemann No. 1 2:05 p.m.

Tracy Hanson No. 1 1:55 p.m.

Marcy Hart No. 10 7:40 a.m.

Johanna Head No. 1 12:15 p.m.

Rachel Hetherington No. 10 12:45 p.m.

Jin Joo Hong No. 10 12:25 p.m.

Katherine Hull No. 10 12:35 p.m.

Jamie Hullett No. 10 1:45 p.m.

Karine Icher No. 1 12:35 p.m.

Becky Iverson No. 1 8:30 a.m.

Liz Janangelo No. 1 7:30 a.m.

Seol-An Jeon No. 1 2:05 p.m.

Jimin Jeong No. 10 8:10 a.m.

Angela Jerman No. 1 7:40 a.m.

Eun-Hee Ji No. 10 8:40 a.m.

Young Jo No. 10 8:00 a.m.

Christa Johnson No. 1 12:35 p.m.

Hannah Jun No. 1 1:05 p.m.

Lorie Kane No. 10 12:55 p.m.

Soo-Yun Kang No. 1 12:35 p.m.

Sarah Kemp No. 1 8:20 a.m.

Sarah Jane Kenyon No. 10 8:30 a.m.

Birdie Kim No. 1 8:10 a.m.

Christina Kim No. 10 9:10 a.m.

Hana Kim No. 10 1:45 p.m.

In-Kyung Kim No. 1 9:00 a.m.

Mi Hyun Kim No. 10 8:50 a.m.

Na Ri Kim No. 1 8:10 a.m.

Su A Kim No. 10 8:00 a.m.

Young Kim No. 1 12:45 p.m.

Carin Koch No. 1 8:40 a.m.

Kelli Kuehne No. 1 9:20 a.m.

Hwanhee Lee No. 10 8:00 a.m.

Meena Lee No. 10 9:10 a.m.

Sarah Lee No. 1 8:00 a.m.

Seo-Jae Lee No. 1 1:25 p.m.

Taylor Leon No. 10 1:35 p.m.

Stacy Lewis No. 1 7:30 a.m.

Siew-Ai Lim No. 10 1:15 p.m.

Yu Ping Lin No. 1 7:50 a.m.

Brittany Lincicome No. 10 9:10 a.m.

Leta Lindley No. 10 12:45 p.m.

Carolina Llano No. 1 1:15 p.m.

Nancy Lopez No. 10 9:20 a.m

Stephanie Louden No. 1 1:45 p.m.

Becky Lucidi No. 10 1:55 p.m.

Paige Mackenzie No. 10 1:25 p.m.

Meg Mallon No. 10 9:00 a.m.

Catriona Matthew No. 10 12:35 p.m.

Charlotte Mayorkas No. 10 7:30 a.m.

Michelle McGann No. 1 7:40 a.m.

Jill McGill No. 1 12:15 p.m.

Mhairi McKay No. 10 7:40 a.m.

Kristy McPherson No. 10 9:00 a.m.

Simi Mehra No. 10 1:05 p.m.

Janice Moodie No. 1 12:55 p.m.

Becky Morgan No. 1 8:50 a.m.

Barb Mucha No. 10 1:35 p.m.

Miriam Nagl No. 10 8:10 a.m.

Virada Nirapathpongpor No. 10 1:25 p.m.

Ji Young Oh No. 10 12:25 p.m.

Se Ri Pak No. 10 8:40 a.m.

Gloria Park No. 10 1:25 p.m.

Grace Park No. 1 12:25 p.m.

Hee Young Park No. 1 12:25 p.m.

Mikaela Parmlid No. 1 1:35 p.m.

Cindy Pasechnik No. 1 1:35 p.m.

Stacy Prammanasudh No. 1 8:40a.m.

Reilley Rankin No. 10 1:55 p.m.

Anna Rawson No. 10 1:15 p.m.

Violeta Retamoza No. 10 1:45 p.m.

Jennifer Rosales No. 10 7:50 a.m.

Kristen Samp No. 10 7:30 a.m.

Onnarin Sattayabanphot No. 1 8:00a.m.

Nancy Scranton No. 10 1:55 p.m.

Giulia Sergas No. 10 12:35 p.m.

Alena Sharp No. 10 12:45 p.m.

Ashleigh Simon No. 10 1:05p.m.

Angela Stanford No. 10 12:55 p.m.

Sherri Steinhauer No. 1 12:25 p.m.

Lisa Strom No. 1 1:35 p.m.

Karen Stupples No. 10 12:25 p.m.

Kris Tamulis No. 10 8:20 a.m.

Kris Tschetter No. 1 1:55 p.m.

Sherri Turner No. 10 1:05 p.m.

Momoko Ueda No. 10 12:15 p.m.

Lee Ann Walker-Cooper No. 1 1:45 p.m.

Wendy Ward No. 1 8:50 a.m.

Karrie Webb No. 10 9:00 a.m.

Michelle Wie No. 1 7:40 a.m.

Carri Wood No. 1 1:15 p.m.

Amy Yang No. 1 7:50 a.m.

Young-A Yang No. 10 7:50 a.m.

Eunjung Yi No. 1 1:25 p.m.

Sung Ah Yim No. 1 8:40 a.m.

Sun Young Yoo No. 1 9:00 a.m.

Heather Young No. 1 8:50 a.m.



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