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High school golf tournment canceled because of rain

The 23rd annual Donald Ross Memorial Invitational was canceled Monday morning due to heavy rains that swept through the area the last couple days.

The 18-hole high school golf tournament that brings teams together from Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties at Sara Bay Country Club was canceled for the first time since 2006. It's just the second time that players won't get a chance to tee it up as a tune-up for the postseason, which begins with district tournaments next Monday.

Sara Bay head pro Daren King and other staff at the course made the decision after surveying a few holes under water. That made it unplayable for walking and the roughly 30 carts needed for coaches.

King said the course was hit with 6-7 inches of rain in the past couple days.

The tournament was shortened twice to nine holes, with the most recent occurrence happening in 2008. However, that isn't an option with the rain producing a course that is too soaked this year.

Originally, the event was moved to Tuesday following the 2015 edition because Sara Bay was switching the day the course was closed to members for maintenance.

This story will be updated.

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