Winds Wreak Havoc at Big 12 Championship

  • By Ashley Bailey
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  • April 24, 2017 06:09 PM
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HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Senior Alan Cooke and freshman Etienne Papineau led the West Virginia University golf team at 2017 Big 12 Championship, but wind gusts reaching up to 40 miles per hour halted play midway through the first day of action at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas.
With a wind advisory in effect, the second round of play was postponed until Tuesday morning. Golfers were scheduled to play 36 holes on Monday, but play was suspended following the conclusion of the first round.
“It’s a challenging course to begin with, but extreme winds may it nearly unplayable today,” Coach Sean Covich said. “The fact that they had to suspend play shows just how hard it was. This is the best conference in college golf and not one player broke par. Hopefully the weather is better tomorrow and we can bounce back.”
The Mountaineers are in tenth place after 18 holes with a team score of 329 for 49 over par. They are a stroke back from Iowa State, who sits ninth at 48 over par. No. 2 Oklahoma leads the way at 22 over par with a score of 302, with No. 43 Kansas in second at 26 over par (306).
Cooke and Papineau are tied for 28th place at the conclusion of the first round. Both shot 10 over par with a score of 80. Papineau registered a pair of birdies on the front nine.
Chris Williams carded an 83 to tie for 40th place. He is 13 over par with one birdie on the day.
Tristan Nicholls recorded a birdie on the front nine, but struggled on the back nine. He shot 16 over par to finish the day with an 86 for 47th place. Teammate Max Sear sits in 50th place at 22 over par with a score of 92.
The Mountaineers will be paired with Iowa State for a pair of rounds on Tuesday. Tee times will start at 10:30 a.m. ET. 


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