The weather, in the end, was the only winner too.
The regional, which includes Warsaw and Wawasee freshman Mikala Mawhorter, was postponed until Monday due to the inclement weather.
The conditions Saturday at the Cobblestone Golf Course could best be described as absolutely awful as thunder, torrential downpours, wind and even hail finally forced officials to make their decision at about 2:30 p.m. Some players, including Mawhorter, had been called off the course at least twice due to thunderstorms in the area before the postponement was made.
Mawhorter will begin her round over on Monday with a tee-time of 9:30 a.m. Mawhorter shot 85 in the Warsaw Sectional at Stonehenge a week ago, losing to Warsaw senior Elizabeth Meadows in a playoff for medalist honors.
Warsaw waited for three hours at the course, but never did begin play Saturday. The Tigers were scheduled to start at 1:16 p.m., but never made it to their first tee after warming up.
“It was a good decision to call it,” said Warsaw coach Chris LaLonde. “It was just miserable today. You wouldn’t want to be out there playing in this. My girls are good with coming back and playing Monday. The good thing is that we never got started today. I think everyone was stressed by the weather, but I know my girls will be mentally ready to go on Monday.”
Warsaw’s first player is slated to tee off at 10:57 a.m. Monday with their final player starting at 11:33.
The Tigers placed third at the weather-delayed regional at Noble Hawk in 2011 to earn a berth in the State Finals. The team that day waited out a delay and then play was stopped due to darkness with Warsaw players on holes 10, 11 and 12 and then completed on Monday.
“Last year was nerve racking,” said LaLonde. “This year is different because we did not start our round.”
Warsaw will need to place in the top three in the 18-team field Monday to earn a berth in the State Finals Sept. 28-29 in Franklin. The Tigers shot 348 in the regional a year ago to finish behind runner-up Fairfield (346) and champion Homestead (331). Warsaw won its own sectional last Saturday with a 357.
The Tiger lineup features seniors Elizabeth Meadows, Morgan Sands and Ashley Murrell, junior Nikki LaLonde and sophomore Alexis Manwaring.
The regional field also includes NorthWood, Plymouth, Rochester, Penn, Mishawaka Marian, South Bend St. Joseph, Elkhart Central and Manchester.
LaLonde believes her talented team can come back Monday and get the job done.
“We just need to play a steady round and have good course management,” said LaLonde. “I think it will take 335 or below to advance and we are capable of shooting that.”