Weather Halts First Day of Pro-Am

Rogers, AR - Rain and lightning put a damper on Wednesday's Pro-Am at the Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G.

"We had rain that hit a little around noon and pulled everybody off the course," says Tournament Chairman Jay Allen.

Golfers packed into the clubhouse as rain pounded the course at Pinnacle Country Club.

"A lot of these people have been in a Pro-Am," Allen says. "We've had some rain before and they're really, really forgiving. They understand it's an outdoor sport and we can't control that, and they generally are happy even if they don't finish their round."

Allen says a little rain is no big deal.

"If it's just rain, the players will play. They're used to playing in the rain. I'm sure it will affect attendance but spectators will have to plan accordingly."

However, lightning is a serious threat, and staff closely monitors approaching storms at a weather station set up on site.

"We have a very specific plan that basically evacuates the volunteers, the players, helps the spectators get to safety," he says. "If lightning just gets within 10, 12 miles, we make the decision. It's safety first."

Allen is hoping for clear skies during tournament play, but says spectators should watch the forecast, and if there's a chance of rain, make sure to bring umbrellas.

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