Rain cuts into Thursday’s play | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Rain cuts into Thursday’s play

Susan Wood, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Mother Nature’s dramatic show of lightning and rain upstaged the American Century Celebrity Amateur Tournament Thursday morning, sending more than 150 people into the clubhouse at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

Many were patient fans, who, while taking shelter from the lightning and hail, waited to catch a glimpse, autograph or picture of their favorite sports and entertainment stars.

“I’ve worked 11 days. I’m here (on vacation) for all four days. No rain is going to scare me away. I’m here for Mike Bibby,” said Rita Harris, a big fan of the Sacramento Kings point guard.

The Sacramento clothing store manager stood with her friend Amber Gladney in front of a crowd blocked at the stairs leading to the clubhouse bar by security.

The bar was flooded at 11:30 a.m. by VIPs waiting for the severe weather to subside and media personnel wandering on cell phones. The anticipation was heightened by sports stars like former Oakland A’s pitcher Rollie Fingers, who arrived with his handlebar mustache. He was joined by the New York City firefighters, who also came to play.

“We’ve had rain but never anything like this,” said Dennis Slater, one of Edgewood’s two special security officers scheduled for the event.

Expecting the rain to let up, the Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy predicted the fans would “wait for two hours.”

The crowd thinned out though when news of Thursday’s play was canceled.

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