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Bomb threat forces two-hour delay

9/14/2002

CLEMMONS, N.C. -- The second round of the RJR Championship
was suspended for two hours Saturday after a bomb threat was
discovered written on the wall of a portable toilet.

The message was found at 10:24 a.m. in a portable toilet located
between the eighth green and ninth tee, in an area accessible only
to players, tournament officials and volunteers.

The clubhouse was evacuated and play was suspended while
officials from the Forsyth County Sheriff's Department and members
of the Special Operations Response Team searched the clubhouse, the
surrounding area and golf carts. Bomb-sniffing dogs were also used
in the search.

No suspicious packages or bomb residue were found, said Dr. Lew
Stringer, director of the Special Operations Response Team.

"You have to take every threat seriously,'' Stringer said.
"You don't have but one time to try to do it right.''

The gallery was not informed of the investigation because the
threat mentioned only the clubhouse.

Stringer said he believed the threat had been left overnight.