NCAA Regionals Off and Running After Rain Delay

1:12 p.m. Diego Velasquez of Oregon State tops the leaderboard. He’s 3 under through eight holes. Oregon State (-4), Colorado State (-2), Virginia Commonwealth (+1) and Washington (+1) are the team leaders. Darren Wallace, the 2009 Pac-10 champ, leads Washington with a 2-under score through 13 holes. Freshman Charlie Hughes is even through 13;  Nick Taylor is + 1 through nine;  Richard Lee +2 thorugh 10 and Chris Williams is +2 through 11.

1:06 p.m. Was just talking to Gold Mountain greens superintendent Ed Faulk about the conditions of the course between rain storms. He and his crew were out this morning, mowing the fairways and cutting greens. When the rains came and the start was delayed, Fauk’s crew squeegeed the greens. “There was rivers,” Faulk said. “There’s a lot of water out there.” In the middle of our conversation, Faulk got a call from tournament officials, telling him the green on No. 6 was  puddling. He was off to find a squeegee. Faulk and his guys are the unsung stars at Gold Mountain. When play ends today, they’ll start cutting fairways. They’ll return at 6 a.m. Friday to cut greens and place the pins and do whatever other cleanup work is required. Faulk said he was more concerned abou the wind that was supposed to blow through the area on Wednesday night. It’s fairly common to have a couple of trees blow over in high winds on the Olympic Course,  he said. The older Cascade Course doesn’t have that problem.

12:26 p.m.: It’s wet and windy at the mountain today. It was sunny when I walked in the clubhouse about 20 minutes ago, but the skies got dark in a hurry and the rain was coming down sideways. Not a good day to be out on the links. Washington and Oregon State were tied for the lead at 4-under as a team when I arrived, but Washington’s lost ground since. Chris Williams hit his drive out of bounds on No. 10 and the UW freshman took a triple bogey 7 on that hole. I’ll beck back later. Looks like some blue sky is coming into view.

10:50 a.m.: The Huskies state-of-the-art, and very cool indoor golf facility has received a lot of attention lately. Here’s an AP story about it, and here’s a video that gives you a pretty good of what it’s all about.’s Lance Ringler put the piece together while he was covering the NCAA West Regionals at Gold Mountain last September.

10:40 a.m.: They ended up delaying the start of the NCAA West Regionals tournament at Gold Mountain until 9:30 a.m. I’m going to be heading out to the course in about an hour. In the meantime, you can follow the action here. You’ll notice on the front page of Washington’s Golf Central page a picture of Richard Lee playing cornhole during the rain delay. I talked about the game in my column about Nick Taylor today. The guys in the office had never heard of it.

8:15 a.m.: The start of today’s first round of the NCAA West Regionals golf tournament at Gold Mountain’s Olympic Course has been delayed by one hour.
Weather permitting, the first players will now tee off at 9 a.m. The host Huskies are the No. 1 seed and are favored to advance to nationals.

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