Storms suspended play after leaders tee off at Dakota Dunes

Mackenzie Tour Q School

Round 3 – SIGA Dakota Dunes Open

(Whitecap, Sask.) – Co-leaders Max Rottluff of Dusseldorf, Germany and Carter Jenkins of Raleigh, North Carolina completed one hole of the third round at the SIGA Dakota Dunes Open on Saturday when play was suspended due to dangerous weather.

After Jenkins and Rottluff recorded opening pars at the first hole, play was initially suspended for 3 hours and 57 minutes at 9:48 a.m. due to dangerous weather in the area. Though play resumed at 1:45 p.m., storms returned and the round was suspended again four minutes later, eventually wiping out play for the day.

“Unfortunately, a number of storm cells producing lightning passed through the area today, preventing us from getting players back out on the course,” said PGA TOUR Tournament Director, Jamie Wiles. “Having made the 36-hole cut, we are confident that without any further delays we’ll be able to get 72 holes completed by tomorrow.”

With players having as many as 35 holes to complete, Sunday promises to be a grind for players in contention.

“It’s more of a mental challenge than anything, staying prepared and being ready fortomorrow,” said Brad Clapp, who had played one hole and was in a tie for fifth at 10-under when play was suspended. “Weather permitting, hopefully we’re going to get the two rounds intomorrow. I know the Tour does everything it can to get it in, and we’ll try for that tomorrow.”

One shot behind Jenkins and Rottluff were Orlando, Florida’s Ross Beal and Calgary, Alberta’s James Love, who both also opened with pars at the first before play was suspended. 

Round three will resume with players in position at 8 a.m. on Sunday. Players will not be re-grouped for round four.

Partial Third Round Leaderboard (Bold denotes Canadian):

Max Rottluff – (-12/1)
Carter Jenkins – (-12/1)
James Love – (-11/1)
Ross Beal – (-11/1)


Max Rottluff

Max Rottluff is making his third career start on the Mackenzie Tour. The 23-year old recently graduated from Arizona State University, where he was named a 1st Team All-American in 2015.

Rottluff was a teammate for four years with Jon Rahm, the recently-named Ben Hogan Award winner.

Rottluff earned conditional status with a T19 finish at the USA East No. 1 Q-School earlier this year.

Carter Jenkins

Carter Jenkins is making his fourth career start on the Mackenzie Tour. The 20-year old turned professional after attending the University of North Carolina this year and has made the cut in each of his first three starts.

Jenkins earned status with a third place finish at the USA East No. 2 Q-School earlier this year.

James Love

James Love is making his 60th start on the Mackenzie Tour this week, playing on a sponsor exemption.

Love currently sits first among non-members on the Order of Merit through three events. The top three non-members following this week’s SIGA Dakota Dunes Open will earn conditional status for the remainder of the year.

Love owns one career win on the Mackenzie Tour at the 2009 Freedom 55 Financial Championship.

Ross Beal

Second year Mackenzie Tour member Ross Beal is making his 14th career start on the Mackenzie Tour. In 2015, he finished T26 at Dakota Dunes.