Andrew Jones started his opening round of the Budweiser City and Area Tournament at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at Turtle Run Golf Club.

After playing four holes, play was suspended for more than four hours because of the heavy thunderstorms that marched through the area.

Jones finally finished his round of golf at 7 p.m. with a 2-under 70.

That’s good enough for a first-place tie with his former Bismarck-Henning teammate Michael Davan, while the defending champion, Brett Springer, is a stroke behind them at 71.

“Patience is the biggest key and just overall mental toughness,’’ said Jones. “I was very pleased that the course let us go back out there after the rain.

“First, because this is my home course, and secondly, because I want a 72-hole event.’’

A year ago, the Budweiser City and Area Golf Tournament first round at Harrison Park was washed out by heavy rains. This year, the rain stopped in time for the round to get completed by all but two golfers.

Jessie Satter and Tyler Fox were unable to complete their rounds because of darkness. They will finish this morning at Turtle Run before traveling to RiverCrest for today’s second round.

“I’m happy that we were able to get this round in,’’ Davan said. “The delay and rain didn’t bother me much.

“I’ve played in a lot of bad weather this spring and throughout college golf (at Parkland). We had a bunch of long days, so this is kind of routine.’’

Nearly every golfer, including Springer, was very pleased with the condition of the golf course after more than inch of rain fell during the day.

“It makes for a long day, but we’re all used to playing 18 holes of golf,’’ he said. “The course was good. Obviously there are wet spots, but the greens were good and everything went well.’’

Because of the wet conditions, the players were able to play lift, clean, and replace rules on shots in their fairway.

“As long as you know the rules, it shouldn’t mess you up that bad,’’ Jones said. “You might have a longer shot than usual, but other than that, it’s like any other day.’’

Jones had three birdies and one bogey in his round of 36 on the front side and 34 on the back.

“This weekend and even next Saturday is all about positioning,’’ Jones said. “You just have to keep yourself in tournament.’’

Meanwhile, Davan had four birdies and two bogeys as he went 35 on both sides.

“I just wanted to play my game and shoot a decent score,’’ Davan said. “This is where I wanted to be. I definitely left some shots out there, but everyone leaves shots on the course.’’

Springer, who is trying for his seventh title, had two birdies and one bogey as he wasn’t really pleased with his putting.

“Overall it was good, but I used my putter 34 times,’’ he said. “I made a good one on the last hole — it was a par save — but, it was still good to make a putt on the last hole.’’

Danville’s Paul Dalbey is in fourth after the first round with a 1-over 73 while Curt Ellis shot a 2-over 74, which is good enough for fifth.

Salt Fork’s Mat Bowen and Schlarman’s Greyson Pasco are the low juniors in the tournament, each shooting 3-over 75s, while G.A. Keeling had the low score for a senior with a 4-over 76.

Today’s second round at RiverCrest Golf Club tees off at 9 a.m. (Eastern) or 8 a.m. (Central).

The groups are the same as Saturday’s pairings at Turtle Run.

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