Waiting for the snow to melt wasn't exactly what Colorado had in mind when hosting its first conference men's golf championship in 45 years.

Yet, that's what the Buffaloes and the rest of the Pac-12 teams wound up doing Saturday, as inclement weather kept everybody off the Boulder Country Club course for the day.

"Yeah it definitely is disappointing," CU head coach Roy Edwards said. "At the same time, weather is out of our control. We just have to react to it the best that we can. We just try to find ways that we can remedy the situation and move on."

Tournament officials are hoping to resume play at 10 a.m. Sunday with the completion of the second round. The third round would then follow.

Originally scheduled for 72 holes, the hope now is to complete 54 holes. At least 36 holes need to be completed for the tournament to become official.

Weather delays caused play to be suspended several times on Friday. A dozen players — including CU senior Ethan Freeman — were still on the course when play was suspended for good Friday because of darkness.

Those 12 players will need to complete their second rounds before the third round can begin.

Overnight snow left the course unplayable throughout Saturday. Officials held out hope most of the day before making a final determination at 4 p.m. to wait until Sunday.

Edwards said he had the CU players, especially Freeman, staying ready to play throughout the day Saturday.


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"You may at the last minute have to get called out on the course," he said. "Until we got the word that we were not playing, we had guys mentally preparing like they were going to go back out there."

As of early Saturday evening, Edwards said the greens were clear of snow and that about half the accumulation of snow on the course had melted throughout the day Saturday. He estimated about 2 inches of snow remained on the course in the rough areas.

Edwards added that play can resume with some snow on the course, as long as it's not too much. He said golf rules treat snow "as casual water or a loose impediment."

Sunday's forecast calls for better weather and warmer temperatures, and Edwards said, "I would be shocked if we don't finish the second round."

Ideally, a third round will be completed, as well. This will be the first Pac-12 championship since 1989 that will be feature fewer than four rounds played.

Going into Sunday, Oregon is the team leader, followed by Washington. Colorado is in sixth.

Individually, Southern California's Rico Hoey has the lead with a two-round score of 140, while Stanford's Franklin Huang is a stroke behind. CU's Spencer Painton is in fifth, at 145.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.