AUBURN — Late Tuesday, Maine State Golf Association officials huddled around a small laptop computer under the scoring tent. The skies had opened up around them, and the small, isolated, wall-less covering provided little relief.

And what they saw on the screen didn’t help much either.

A large blob of green and yellow on the weather radar, moving slowly from southwest to northeast, drew their attention.

“If it moves fast enough and there’s some dry time overnight, we’ll still be able to play, I think,” MSGA Executive Director Nancy Storey said.

The words were hopeful, but her tone was not.

At 6 a.m. Wednesday, Storey made the call she’d been dreading: There would be no golf on this day.

The 90th edition of the Maine Amateur Golf Championship at Martindale Country Club became a three-day affair spread out over four days Wednesday when officials decided not to attempt any play at all after that rain storm — which did not let up at all overnight — dumped another inch or more of water onto an already saturated golf course.

“It’s depressing,” Storey said Wednesday morning. “I don’t even have anything more to say than that. The flowers outside our offices here at Val Halla (in Cumberland) are even drowning.”

Storey said they could have tried it, but course officials at Martindale said there would be no carts allowed on the course.

“We can’t do that, and even without carts, we weren’t sure the weather would let us finish, even if we started,” Storey said.

Over at Martindale, some of the golfers from further away, like co-leader Jesse Speirs of Bangor, showed up, only to learn of the postponed round.

“I felt bad for them,” martindale head professional Nick Glicos said. “(Speirs) turned back around and had to go back to Bangor.”

Glicos said the course has held up well, but is getting to the point where it would be impossible to play.

“It’s basically under water,” he said. “It’s so saturated. The river hasn’t overflowed or anything, but there’s just so much in the ground. It’s just one of those years.”

As for the club’s membership, given the weather so far this summer, Glicos said they were prepared for the possibility of the tournament extending into Friday.

“We only have a few calls to make for Friday’s tee times,” Glicos said. “We warned people that it would be a possibility given the weather, and they’ll still be able to go out in the afternoon Friday if they want.”

The tournament’s start time Thursday has been pushed back to 8 a.m., to help crews get out and mow and roll what they can early in the day, and golfers will tee off in nine-minute intervals. The order won’t change, Storey said, but the times will all be a bit different than originally posted.

The final round will be Friday, with the low 40 plus ties making it into the tourney’s third and final round.

Speirs is tied with Ryan Gay of Pittston after the first round, each shooting even-par 71 during Tuesday’s rain-soaked first round.

The practice bunker begins to fill with water Wednesday morning as rain pounds the course at Martindale Country Club in Auburn. The second round of the Maine Amateur Championship scheduled for Wednesday at Martindale was postponed because of the inclement weather.

Water pours into the practice bunker at Martindale Country Club in Auburn Wednesday morning. Heavy rains have forced suspension of play on the second day of the Maine Amateur Championship.

Items left on the table on the first tee at Martindale Country Club are soaked from the heavy downpours that forced the cancellation of the second round of the Maine Amateur Championship Wednesday.


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