Heavy Downpour Halts Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic on Thursday

Heavy rain as a result of a strong cold front, which crept into the Northwest Bahamas on Thursday, brought the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classics to a halt on the Ocean Club Golf Course.

However, the Ministry of Tourism is optimistic that the tournament continues, which showcases some of the greatest women golfers in the world.

The Bahamas Department of Meteorology had forecast mostly cloudy to overcast and windy conditions, with widely scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the Northwest Bahamas, which includes the island of New Providence.

At about 2:46pm on February 5, 2015, dark clouds which hovered over the 18-hole golf course burst into torrential rain over the greens, making it impossible for the women golfers to complete Round 1 of play.   At 4pm, the LPGA officially announced that play was suspended for the day. The tournament is expected to continue Friday at 8am.

“Tourism is certainly looking forward to a better day tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 6) and that the tournament continues,”said Virginia Kelly, General Manager of Sports, the Ministry of Tourism. 

Raquel Riley, winner of the Bahamas Golf Federation qualifier teed off Thursday afternoon.  She is among the 120 great women golfers such as Canadian Brooke Henderson and fellow Canadian Rebecca Lee-Bentham; defending champion Jessica Korda; the reigning US Open Champion Michelle Wie; and 2013 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic Champion Ijhee Lee. 

At stake is a purse of $1.3 million, plus a full allocation of points in the Race to the CME Globe season-long competition. The winner receives $195,000 and 500 CME Globe points. Eighteen holes of stroke play were scheduled on each of four days –Thursday, February 5 through Sunday, February 8.

The Pure Silk-Bahamas Classic will receive 10 hours of live coverage on the Golf Channel. 

Media Contact: Lindsay Thompson | Bahamas Information Services