Thunderstorms force postponement

The second round of the Open de Espana Femenino has been postponed until tomorrow because of persistent thunderstorms at Flamingos Golf in Benahavis on the Costa del Sol today.

Organisers had originally pushed the tee times back by half an hour following overnight thunderstorms, before suspending play again at 0930 for three hours and 25 minutes.

Play was eventually abandoned for the day at 1410 and any scores posted today will not count.

The tournament will be reduced from 72 to 54 holes, finishing on Sunday.

“Because the weather was so unstable and with more storms coming, we decided to cancel the round,” said the tournament director Andy Lott from the Ladies European Tour.

“It wouldn’t have been possible to resume play until 4pm and we would not have been able to complete three rounds by Saturday evening.”

Rookie Maria Hernandez from Spain held the first-round lead after firing a seven-under-par 64 in the blazing heat yesterday. England’s Laura Davies, Swede Carin Koch and Irish-born American Alison Walshe all opened with rounds of six-under-par 65.

Tomorrow’s second round will begin as originally scheduled for today, starting at 0845.

More in this Section

How have Leicester got things so right this season?How have Leicester got things so right this season?

Football rumours from the mediaFootball rumours from the media

World Para Athletics Championships: Waiting game pays off for Niamh McCarthy in DubaiWorld Para Athletics Championships: Waiting game pays off for Niamh McCarthy in Dubai

Keena’s heart for Ireland causeKeena’s heart for Ireland cause


Lifestyle

Aileen Lee meets Christina Kenny - co-founder and design director of Lamb Design - to talk about her work and inspirations.Christina Kenny of Lamb Design: ‘I love bringing the outside in and inside out’

Tyrone designer Sharon Wauchob on her career and the worth of luxury fastion. By Paul McLachen.From Marc Jacobs to her own label, Tyrone designer Sharon Wauchob on her life in fashion

The recent sentencing of two teenage boys for the murder of Ana Kriégel has once again brought the issue of pornography into public discourse. The details of the case, which are finally coming into public knowledge, illuminate some very worrying trends that are pervasive in the modern adolescent world and as parents and indeed as a society we can no longer languish in complacency.Learning Points: Hardcore porn can pollute our children’s minds

HUSBAND and wife Justin and Jenny Green run Ballyvolane House, in Castlelyons, Co Cork. The mansion and former dairy farm, which was built in 1728, is where Justin grew up. Raised to Scottish parents in Hong Kong, Jenny met fellow hotelier Justin while working in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Having worked in the UK and Bali, they returned to manage Ballyvolane House, as an Irish country house, in 2004.Parents for the Planet: Green family has greener outlook at country house

More From The Irish Examiner