Date: November 22, 2013

Lightning storms and rain wash away play

Round two of the Gloria Jean s Coffees NSW Open Championship was called off for the day due to inclement weather. As multiple lightning storms crossed Sydney, play at the Castle Hill Country Club was delayed before a ball was struck at 6.30am. Play officially teed off at 8.45am. A further delay in play occurred at 8.52am before recommencing at 9.22am. Tournament organisers were optimistic that the second round would be finished today before a final play suspension occurred at 2.10pm. Play was officially abandoned at 4.50pm with players informed they were to return at 6.30am Saturday to finish the second round. Eight groups managed to finish their second round while just six groups from the afternoon field were able to tee off. The third round will tee off immediately following the conclusion of the second round on Saturday. As it currently stands Victorian Ashley Hall and New South Welshman James Nitties are tied for the lead at 9-under the card, each with one hole to play. I have to come back in the morning and hit two putts. I would be quite happy to walk off with a tap-in par, said Nitties. Birdie would always be nice but it s very slow uphill so it s going to feel like a 60 or 70 footer. Tour players Nitties and Hall are accustomed to weather delays but admit it is a downside to their occupation. It’s frustrating but that is what you get with weather delays and what you have to do with the game of golf, said Nitties with Hall echoing his sentiments. Delays don t bother me, I hate to think how many delays we had this year in the US, said Hall who had just teed off on the par-5 18th. I wish I could have finished in the wind, I could have reached the 18th in two and I probably won t be able to in the morning. But I will be going for birdie. Currently tied for third on 6-under are overnight leaders Aron Price, Michael Choi and amateur Jack Sullivan who is the only player of the trio to have teed off in the second round.