The tournament with a different name, different field and a much different purse couldn't shake the same old weather problems yesterday when storms washed out much of the first round in the NEC Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

After a three-hour delay, lightning, rain and the threat of more storms forced officials to suspend the first round at 5:30 p.m.

The early leaders included John Huston, who was at 2 under and standing over a three-foot par putt on the 15th hole when the sirens sounded the first time.

Among those two strokes back was Justin Leonard, who never made it to the first tee.

Play will resume at 7:30 a.m. today. The second round, weather permitting, is expected to begin at 12:30 p.m., with threesomes going off the first and 10th tees. Leonard, Stuart Appleby, Frank Nobilo and Scott Hoch were the only four players who had yet to tee off.

The NEC Invitational, a $5 million World Golf Championship event for Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup players, replaces the winners-only tournament at Firestone Country Club previously called the World Series of Golf.

LPGA: Pat Hurst made the move from the maternity ward to the leader board look positively easy. Hurst, just 10 weeks after giving birth to her first child, shot 8-under-par 64 to grab a two-stroke lead over Karrie Webb in the first round of the Oldsmobile Classic in East Lansing, Mich. Marilyn Lovander, Rosie Jones, Dottie Pepper and Sweden's Eva Dahllof were one shot back of Webb at 67.

SENIORS: Larry Nelson shot a course-record, 9-under-par 63 and took a four-stroke lead in the first round of the $1.35 million Canadian Senior Open in Ste-Julie, Quebec.

Nelson broke Hale Irwin's record of 65, set during the 1973 Canadian Open on the Rouville Course of the Richelieu Valley Golf Club.

Irwin shot a 67 yesterday for a share of second place with Kermit Zarley and Jim Ahern. Irwin's round was his 12th straight under 70, surpassing Lee Trevino's Senior PGA Tour record set in 1992.

PGA: Franklin Langham, a former all-American at Georgia having his best year on the PGA Tour, shot a 7-under-par 65 to take the lead of the inaugural Reno-Tahoe (Nev.) Open. J.L. Lewis was two shots off the pace at 67.