Date: October 03, 2007

Aussies set for a battle in Nomura Cup defence

Tim Stewart tees off in the second round Champions Australia appear to be faced with a challenge this year after the opening day of their Asia-Pacific Teams Championship defence. In blustery conditions at Sunshine Golf Club in Taiwan, the Australian contingent struggled to adjust to the conditions. A tropical low has gathered in the south of the island, causing strong winds which are expected to occur for the remainder of the week. Tim Stewart was the best of the Australians, shooting a 74. Australian Amateur Champion Rohan Blizard posted a 75 while Andrew Dodt had a 76. West Australian Rick Kulacz recorded a 78, but only the three lowest scores are counted in the team&aposs overall tally. Korea leads the way after round one on 218, two shots ahead of Japan and seven strokes in front of the Australians. Australian Coach Peter Knight said, “The players were understandably a bit nervous during the first round because of their high expectations. They all had one or two poor holes which upset their scoring. They all practiced well in a session after the round so I am sure they will pick up a few shots in the second round.” FIRST ROUND Tim Stewart 74 Rohan Blizard 75 Andrew Dodt 76 Rick Kulacz 78 Team score = +9 OVERALL STANDINGS 218: Korea 220: Japan 222: New Zealand 225: Australia, Thailand