Vandalism Delays Start Of KLM Open

Overnight Vandalism delayed the start of the KLM Open near Amsterdam , several of the greens had been vandalised at the Hilversumsche Golf Club, of which Simon Khan and Simon Dyson are currently leading.

The putting surfaces on the fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth holes were dug up, leading to a 45 minute delay on the opening day as greenkeeping staff went about repairing the damage done by the vandals.

Play will still be possible on the affected putting surfaces with the repaired areas of the greens being treated as areas of Ground Under Repair under the normal rules of golf.

The Director of the KLM Championship Daan Slooter said: “Early this morning we ascertained damage to four of the greens here at Hilversumsche.

“At this moment we do not know who caused the damage. All has been restored and the tournament will resume.

“For this evening and the rest of the tournament we have increased security substantially.

“I’m very disappointed for all the people here at the club who worked so hard over the past few days, through challenging weather conditions, to ensure the course was in playable condition.

“However, having said that, the same professionalism of the greenkeepers has ensured that the damage has been repaired so the tournament can go ahead.


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