Date: January 29, 2018
Author: Mark Hayes

Delayed flight blessing in disguise

It’s not often a delayed flight is good news.

But for Oates Vic Open organisers, the delay on the Sunday 7.18pm flight from, of all places, Nassau to Miami, was manna from heaven.

The LPGA Tour’s Bahamas event, which ended this morning Australian time, was beset by atrocious weather in the North Atlantic Ocean all week, forcing the event to be cut to 54 holes.

But even then, it was a push to get all players finished in near darkness on Sunday night local time – and as the last putt dropped, there were several players in danger of missing the flight that would link them to ongoing connections to the world.

Included in that bunch were the 13th Beach-bound Su Oh, Hannah Green, Cheyenne Woods, Pernilla Lindberg and Luna Sobron.

Some weren’t in doubt having finished in time for a leisurely transfer.

But Victorian Oh, desperate to play in her home state’s Open, was almost last off the course and was happy to see a “delayed” sign on the day’s last flight to Miami.

All five are reportedly in transit and will be in Melbourne by early Wednesday morning and ready to take their tee times for Thursday’s first round at Barwon Heads.