Husky Invite: Rain reduces field, turns Gold Mtn. tourney into 18-hole event

The Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational was the victim of bad weather on Monday. Play never got started and the tournament has been reduced to an 18-hole tournament. Six (or possibly) eight of the 16 teams will tee off at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Washington, Washington State, Gonzaga, Pepperdine, Fresno State and Santa Clara are playing for sure. BYU and UC Davis were on the bubble when I left the course.

BYU said if it could not change its flight and get its players back to Provo, Utah, in time to go to class on Tuesday that it would stay and play. UC Davis was still trying to decide.

The teams that opted out: USC, Oregon, Oregon State, Long Beach State, Pacific, San Diego State, SMU and Texas A&M.

By opting out, they have the option of picking up another 54-hole tournament along the way. NCAA rules only allow teams 24 competition days.

UW coach Matt Thurmond said there are no one-day 36-hole tournaments available.

The other reason to opt out: A bad day could put the team in serious trouble when it comes to college golf’s rating system. For instance, if USC would have stayed and finished 10 strokes back of Washington, that’s like finishing 30 strokes behind because it’s pro-rated as if it’s a 54-hole tournament.

“I didn’t see any value to canceling it because there are teams that are here that want to play,” Thurmond said, “but at the same time it puts a lot of pressure on one round. It’s the equivalent of playing a football game in one quarter … It’s a different format. But it still counts in our sport so let’s play.”

Thurmond and former Husky great James Lepp, founder of Kikkor Golf, did win an impromptu corn hole tournament that was held in the Olympic Room. They somehow lost twice, but managed to get in the finals, where they took out current Huskies Charlie Hughes and Chris Williams.

Scott Alexander, the director of golf at Gold Mountain and volunteer assistant coach, grabbed me as a partner and we didn’t get out of the first round.



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