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PLYMOUTH, Massachusetts – Due to unexpected heavy rains that began overnight and are forecasted to continue through the morning, the resumption of the first round of play at the 35th Massachusetts Mid-Amateur Championship has been delayed until 12:00 p.m.
Following the completion of 18 holes at Plymouth Country Club on Thursday, the field will be cut to the low 70 scorers and ties. A second and final round of play will take place on Friday, September 14 beginning at 7:00 a.m. off the 1st tee in groups of three. A champion will be determined following 36 holes. Any tie for first place will be decided immediately by a hole-by-hole play-off.
This will mark only the third time in the last 15 years has the Massachusetts Mid-Amateur Championship had its original 54-hole format shortened or altered due to inclement weather. In 2012, Frank Vana, Jr. won the title following 36-holes at Framingham Country Club. The same occurred in 2004 when Andy Drohen won his title following 36 holes at Blue Hill Country Club.
On Wednesday in Plymouth, one half of the 120-player starting field was able to complete the first round of play despite a one-hour fog delay in the morning. Lightning forced a 55-minute suspension of play beginning at 2:33 p.m. Play was officially suspended for the day at 4:29 p.m. when heavy rain began to fall and made the course unplayable.
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