Date: May 24, 2007

Aussies hold slender lead but weather wins the day

Gale-force winds have forced play to be suspended mid-way through the second day of the Four Nations Cup at Barwon Heads Golf Club, Victoria. With 60kmh gusts of wind roaring off Bass Strait, officials were left with little choice but to abandon play for the day when it became clear that conditions would not improve. Tournament Director Trevor Herden said, “Balls began moving, even after they had come to rest on the putting greens. The 60kmh winds made the proper playing of the game impossible, thus the decision was made to suspend play.” Australia led Japan 2-1 whilst New Zealand was ahead of Canada by the same scoreline when play was called off during the lunch-break. Matthew Griffin maintained his perfect record in Australian colours with a 3/2 win alongside Tim Stewart against the Japanese pairing of Ryutaro Nagano and Yoshinori Fujimoto. Griffin&aposs national team debut has gone according to plan thus far, as the Victorian has recorded three solid wins in his three starts. Andrew Dodt and Rick Kulacz also posted a strong win for the hosts. The pair defeated Yuta Ikeda & Kentaro Shibata 4/3 to give their country the slightest of edges heading into the postponed singles matches. Japan managed to snatch a point back when Naoyuki Tanura and Daisuke Kataoka recorded a closely-fought victory over the New South Wales pairing of Jamie Arnold and Rohan Blizard. It was a vital point for Japan which now goes into the singles just one point in arrears rather than two or three. The Kiwis started the second day of their campaign in style as they took a slender lead over Canada. Looking to shake off their defeat at the hands of Australia on Wednesday, New Zealand battled fervently and clinched wins through the pairings of James Gill and Leighton James as well as Troy Ropiha and Danny Lee. Ropiha confidently holed a 25-foot putt on the 18th to win the match for the Kiwis. Andrew Ross and Victor Ciesielski clinched the Canadian&aposs sole point with a solid 4/2 victory over Andrew Searle and Mark Boe. Thursday&aposs singles matches will resume on Friday morning to complete the contests for Round 2 currently in progress. Players will then launch straight into the Round 3 singles matches to complete the tournament. Final round foursomes matches will not be played. Play commences at 8am Friday morning and the third round singles matches will commence as scheduled at 12.30pm (AEST). Round 2 Results Four Nations Cup Barwon Heads Golf Club, Victoria Australia leading Japan 2 matches to 1 Foursomes Andrew Dodt & Rick Kulacz (Aus) defeated Yuta Ikeda & Kentaro Shibata (Jpn) 4/3 Jamie Arnold & Rohan Blizard (Aus) lost to Naoyuki Tanura & Daisuke Kataoka (Jpn) 1down Matthew Griffin & Tim Stewart (Aus) defeated Ryutaro Nagano & Yoshinori Fujimoto (Jpn) 3/2 New Zealand leading Canada 2 matches to 1 Foursomes James Gill & Leighton James (NZ) defeated Louis-Pierre Godin & Keven Fortin-Simard (Can) 3/2 Danny Lee & Troy Ropiha (NZ) defeated Todd Halpen & Kris Wasylowich (Can) 1up Andrew Searle & Mark Boe (NZ) lost to Andrew Ross & Victor Ciesielski (Can) 4/2 All Round 2 singles matches will be played Friday morning AEST Click here for live scores from the final day