WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS -- Inclement weather forced multiple delays during the final day of the 2013 Greenbrier Classic Sunday afternoon.
Many spectators packed up the their folding chairs and headed home at the first signs of rain, but the diehard fans waited out the three-hour-10-minute delay for the chance to see their favorite players tee off for the last time.
At 1:50 p.m., just before the final two groups were set to begin play, dark ominous clouds began rolling over the mountains, bringing with them bursts of cool rain.
With the first flashes of thunder and rumblings of lightning officials and volunteers began ordering spectators to seek shelter. As neon signs along the course walkways flashed a warning message, clusters of disappointed fans began to leave the green. Players and caddies were brought off the course and forced to wait in the locker rooms.
With each clap of thunder or flash of lightning, officials were forced to call an additional 45-minute delay.
Of the fans that chose to stay, some headed for the canopy-covered stands, while others donned ponchos and huddled under umbrellas.
The drizzle didn't bother Terry and Marlene Hammerick, who where attending the tournament as part of their 45th wedding anniversary celebration.
"I'm glad that this weather came," said Terry as he held an umbrella for his wife. "They'll postpone it until tomorrow and we'll be able to walk down from the resort and get to see another day."
Terry had attended the Classic twice before, but it was Marlene's first time.
"Really, we're just killing time," she said. "Normally, we'd love this weather but not today."