Weather conditions cause Australian Amateur to suspend play for the day
Extreme heat forced players from Melbourne’s
Metropolitan and Kingswood golf courses at
3.50pm, then just as the field was returning to
position for a 6pm resumption, lightning and
fierce winds sent players and spectators scurrying
Poor weather conditions suspend play
Golf Australia photo
A combination of lightning and strong winds then
forced officials’ hands at 6.30pm.
The last groups have 13 holes of their second
round left to play, with none of the 156-strong
afternoon field having finished.
Play will resume at 6.45am on Thursday morning.
Taking into account potential playoffs for the final
qualifying spots into the second phase, GA plans
to start the matchplay rounds at approximately
The first round of matchplay will be played in
groups of four with tee times until approximately
4pm, hopefully allowing the full round to be
completed and have the tournament back on
schedule by Friday.
Play had been scheduled to resume at 6pm
Melbourne time after more than two hours were
lost to extreme heat with the official temperature
But just as players were returning to position, an
imminent lightning warning was issued and Golf
Australia officials ushered everyone off
Metropolitan and Kingswood golf clubs.
The official #AusAm policy revolves around a
Bureau of Meteorology “feels-like” temperature of
39C which was never reached, but the move was
made to uphold players’ safety with some visibly
feeling the pinch.
There were some fine scores earlier, but very few
were in train among the later groups when play
World No.22 Grant Forrest is hanging by a thread
midway through his round.
The Scottish ace made some uncharacteristic
errors on the front nine at Metropolitan and
slumped towards the borderline of the top 64 men
who will advance to the matchplay phase.
Forrest is currently three over in total, right on
the number on a wildly fluctuating day.
Sydney’s Kevin Yuan continues to lead despite
battling slightly at Kingswood. The new
Metropolitan amateur course record holder – after
his 64 on Tuesday – was one over today to be
seven under and only one clear of impressive Hills
International School player Charles Pilon who’s
safely in the clubhouse at six under after an even-
par 72 at Kingswood this morning.
The best score this morning was from New
Zealander Lachie McDonald who carded an
entertaining 67 at Metropolitan.
The Palmerston North ace mixed eight birdies and
an eagle amid three bogeys and a double to all
but wrap up his matchplay berth.
“I’ve had nine birdies in a round before, but it’s
really nice to have it in such an important event
on this quality of course, too,” McDonald said.
“I’ve never played this well in an event of this
stature, so it’s really nice.
“I hit 14 greens yesterday and shot five over, so a
couple of bad shots punished me. But I came out
today and the putter was rolling, so I just
believed in myself and away I went.”
The affable McDonald, considering turning pro if
his trip to Australasian PGA Tour school next week
goes well, said that style of play would hopefully
suit him in the knockout phase.
“If I can that round again, it will be fairly helpful
because the odd bogey won’t matter as much. I’m
a really confident match-player, so I’m looking
forward to the rest of the week.