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Albany--If the third time is the charm then the fourth must be a curse. For the second time in it's four year existence the Michelob Ultra Classic at Stonebridge Country Club was cancelled due to bad weather.

Tournament officials were forced to call off this year's event after heavy rain washed out most of Thursday's play, all of Friday's and high winds on Saturday made for unplayable conditions.

More than half of the 150 player field resumed their first round Saturday afternoon but were quickly called off of the course after a few players complained of wind gusts moving their golf balls on the green.

Tournament director Jeff Harlow initially set a 5 p.m. re-start time, but after weighing the options decided to cancel the tournament shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday.

"The tour basically has a policy where we don't start a round on Sunday knowing that we cannot finish it that day. So basically we just had to draw the line there where we had to cancel the event," Harlow said.

Only 39 golfers completed their first rounds on Thursday before the rain rolled into town. Donald Carpenter and Wilhelm Schauman were the early co-leaders after posting 7 under 65's.

This is the fourth consecutive year the Hooters Tour event has had weather problems in Albany. In 2002 the Michelob Ultra Classic was cancelled because of frigid temperatures. A year later the field was forced to play 36 holes on Sunday after rain wiped out the first round. Last year, high winds on Thursday made for treacherous playing conditions.

Posted by kevin.mcdermond@walb.com