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PCCC: Rain Delay Stymies Some In Round One

A 5-hour, 15-minute rain delay prevented some golfers from completing round one on day one.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A late start to round 1 at the Price Cutter Charity Championship. In fact a 5 hour 15 minute rain delay a half inch of rain fell here this morning. 3.1 inches of rain have fallen here in the last four days, an 11 inches of rain have soaked Highland Springs in the last 11 days.

Instead of 7:15 am the first of 156 golfers teed off at half past noon.

One-time PGA event winner Jason Gore and two-time U.S. Open champ Lee Janzen were among the more recognizable faces.

Here's Gore with a birdie on 11 to pull even.

Alex Aragon, 7th on the Web.com money list birdies there as well to move to one under early.

But all the rain made the course long and the greens grabbed the ball.

Rafael Echenique and 2005 Price Cutter winner Roger Tambellini leave birdie putts short on 11.

Go to 18 where Brad Elder was making the turn, but not before pulling a pant leg up to hit out of the muck.

He double bogeyed.

In that same group this approach by Andy Winings helped him to a birdie moving in to a tie for 2nd at four under.

Meanwhile on 9 Jim Renner took advantage of a par by then-leader Tryone Van Aswegen.

Renner with a his 5th birdie on the front nine to take the lead at 5 under.

When Winings finished he was tied for the lead at six under.

Pretty good for a guy who just missed the cut last year.

He appreciated all the extra time with the rain delay too.

"It was great," said Winings.  "I got to sleep in, I took a couple of naps.  It messes stuff up for guys this afternoon.  And us tomorrow afternoon.  There's nothing you can do about it and do the best you can."

Winings shared the lead with J.J. Killeen until Killeen missed this five foot birdie putt on 18.

"I had a bunch of tap ins," Killeen said. "I don't think I hit a putt outside of four foot all day.  I finished at six under which was pretty good.  Hopefully tomorrow I can continue the same trend.  And make some putts."       

There's a log-jam atop the leaderboard with Matt Hill, James Nitties, Cliff Kresge and Brett Stegmaier all tied for first at six under.

They'll try to complete the first round starting at 8 a.m., Friday morning.

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