Rain washes away opening round of tournament

March 8, 2013

The Montana golf team's original travel itinerary for the Western Michigan Invitational this weekend in Rio Verde, Ariz., didn't include a screening of the new Jason Bateman movie "Identity Theft," but like a golfer coming off a triple bogey, the Grizzlies are scrambling to make the best of the situation.

Heavy overnight rains forced the cancellation of Friday's opening round of the scheduled three-day, three-round tournament. It will now be a 36-hole tournament, with 18 holes Saturday and 18 on Sunday.

The upside is that Montana, which has been on lengthy road trips three times since the middle of February, is getting some unexpected study time. After the opening round's cancellation, the team made its way to a local Barnes and Noble to hit the books. The Grizzlies will fill the rest of their afternoon watching "Identity Theft."

Friday's round is the first time in the 11-year history of the tournament that it has lost a round due to weather. Saturday's round got bumped back from 11 a.m. to a noon start to give the course an extra hour to dry out in the morning.



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