Indoor Golf Group Challenge reduced to 54 holes as poor weather ends third round

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The Challenge Tour have confirmed that the Indoor Golf Group Challenge will be reduced to a 54-hole tournament as torrential rain in Helsingborg rendered Allerum Golfklubb unplayable on Saturday afternoon.

A downpour that began on Friday morning and continued through to Saturday morning and early afternoon flooded the course and, while play was able to begin on day three, eventually was called off.

The tournament will instead be played over just three rounds, with players returning to the course at 8am Irish time on Sunday morning to complete their third round.

“We have taken the decision to reduce the tournament to 54 holes due to the continued heavy rainfall both overnight and throughout Saturday,” said tournament director Mats Lanner.

“Despite the valiant efforts of the greens staff, there was no prospect of resuming play at any point during the day.”

The Island’s Paul McBride had made a positive start to his round, picking up two birdies and one bogey in four holes to move up to 10-under-par and sit in a share of sixth, three shots off leader Daniel Brown, who parred the only hole he managed to play before the suspension.

Holywood’s Tom McKibbin was one-under after playing six holes, moving up to 27th at seven-under-par, while Gavin Moynihan was also one-under thru four and had jumped up to 44th at five-under-par.


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