Jim Harris' Golf Notebook: Water Threaten's Rebsamen Course; Is Stacy Lewis in Yani's Head?

by Jim Harris  on Friday, Apr. 29, 2011 3:26 pm  

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

The only tournament Rebsamen Park Golf Course might be able to have this weekend would be a fishing tournament. "You can scoop fish out with a bucket over by Holes 12 and 13, you don't have to go into the river to fish," one observer noted.

An overabundance of rainwater mixed with the rising Arkansas River has put the front nine of Rebsamen championship course underwater. The course will be open on Saturday, but only for play on the back nine with restrictions on three holes, according to a club spokesman.

The shorter West course will be open for play and is completely playable. Carts will be available for both the nine holes open on the Championship course as well as the West nine. The driving range was temporarily closed Friday at midday so that the practice balls could be retrieved from the muck, but it was due to open back up late Friday.

"If we don't get anymore rain, we should be able to open back up the front nine next week," the course official said.

While the back nine is deemed playable, holes No. 13, 14 and 17 will be played from shorter, temporary tee markers.

The incessant rain, followed by two-plus days of sunshine, has brought out the green color of the lesser-lying public courses. War Memorial is shaping up nicely and will probably see a surge in business over the weekend thanks to the water covering its fellow city course in Riverdale.

LEWIS CONTENDS AGAIN, WHILE SENG SUFFERS: Before the last round of the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship, third-round leader Yani Tseng was considered unbeatable. She was the hottest golfer on the LPGA Tour with three major championships.

Stacy Lewis, the University of Arkansas All-American and former NCAA Champion, had been deemed the "next big thing" for the LPGA but had yet to win a professional tournament, much less a major.

Lewis and Tseng were paired in the final two rounds at the Kraft Nabisco, and most observers figured Tseng would duplicate her near-perfect Saturday round with a winning march to the championship.

Something happened on the way to Tseng's fourth major. Lewis stepped up early and convinced Yani that she wasn't going away, and then made big putt after big putt. Seng uncharacteristically dropped a couple of strokes on the greens down the stretch, and Lewis went on to win her first major.

Flash forward to this week, where the two are in the field for the Avnet LPGA Classic, being contested at the Robert Trent Jones Trail Magnolia Grove course in Mobile, Ala.

Lewis was in contention again after round one at 4-under, one shot behind the leader, Song-Hee Kim, and was two shots backs of the leaders after a 1-under 71 second round Friday.



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