Gatineau, Quebec’s Marc-Etienne Bussieres was on the receiving end of some good fortune on Monday (Feb. 25).
The young pro was competing in the NGA Tour season opener in Tallahassee, Florida, an event that had been plagued by wet weather, causing many delays.
After a massive front of inclement weather pushed the first round into Friday and the finish of the second round into Sunday, the NGA TOUR shortened the event to 54 holes with hopes of a Sunday finish. Unfortunately, rain didn’t allow many of the leaders to complete the final round of play.
The decision was made to finish on Tuesday, but due to continuous rains and flood warnings in the Tallahassee area, the event was shortened to 36 holes.
This was a nice little help to Bussieres who had been 15 holes through his 3rd round before play was stopped Sunday. His opening rounds of 66 and 69 had put him in a share of 5th place but the 3rd round saw him plummet down the leaderboard. At the time play was stopping in round three he was one over par for the day had dropped to 20th place.
With the tournamen shortened to 36 holes, Bussieres was reverted to a 5th place finish.
Fellow Canadians Stuart Anderson and Riley Wheeldon tied for 12th. Ontario’s Chris Ross tied for 35th.
Clayton Rask was the winner at 13 under par.
The Tour resumes this week in Tifton, Georgia.
North Carolina State’s Ontario duo of Brittany Marchand (Orangeville) and Augusta James (Bath) are at it again. Last year at the Sir Pizza Terrapin Challenge in Miami the two dominated the leaderboard. They must like the course as they are in the mix again after two rounds. Marchand, the 2012 Ontario Amateur Champion (coincidentally played at James’ home course in Bath, Loyalist) has posted 69 and 71 and leads teammate Lindsay McGetrick by one. James is four back and tied for 3rd after rounds of 70-74 (144).
The team, led by the trio, had a one stroke lead overall. The final eighteen holes will be played Tuesday.
You can follow the scores at this link.