Severe weather impacts first day of U.S. Women’s Open

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MANHEIM TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The thunder roars and the lightening strikes at the Lancaster Country Club. About 25 minutes before the stormed brewed, spectators at the U.S. Women’s Open were advised by course workers and signs, to leave the area.

Sue Masenheimer decided to head for safety. She and hundreds of others boarded the buses to go get their cars at Park City Mall.

“I was on a golf course when lightening struck and that was not fun. It leaves a permanent impression,” said Masenheimer.

At 6:03 p.m. the horn rang and everyone, including the players, was ordered off of the course.

“That’s why we have our own meteorologist. He’s not focused on downtown Lancaster. He’s focused on this specific piece of property. He gives us guidance on when to warn spectators and then the time to suspend play and get players off of the golf course,” said Matt Sawicki, The Director of Championships.

By 8 p.m. the decision was made to stop play for the day. It will resume on Friday morning.

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