Date: March 25, 2019
Author: Golf Australia

Nicholas, Luke duke it out

Sydney pair Shane Luke and Geoff Nicholas have taken the early lead in the Queensland Inclusive Championship with more than the title on the line.

Luke, a member at the Bankstown Golf Club, joined veteran Geoff Nicholas, of The Lakes, with a pair of opening three-over-par 74s at Redcliffe Golf Club north of Brisbane.

And with the two also vying for the mantle of Australia’s top ranking for golfers with a disability, Monday’s final round promises to be a beauty.

Luke, who has made a few swing changes lately, is pleased with his game’s progress.

“I have had to make some changes after the Australian All Abilities Championship (in November) with my swing because of a bit of fatigue,” Luke said.

“I made the move to play golf with my prosthetic leg back on, which meant making some adjustments to my swing.”

Nicholas was steady from the start with seven straight pars early, but then dropped four shots in a row as he chases up the world rankings.

“I have come into the top 10 of the rankings and I’m keen to keep going as far as I can,” Nicholas said.

“I’ll be playing the South African Disabled Golf Open next month to try and improve my position once again.”

AAAC standout Cameron Pollard, a member at Sawtell Golf Club in northern NSW, is a further two shots back with an opening 76.

But it was a matter of what could have been for the youngster who played the par-fives in four over.

In the stableford event, Links Hope Island's Mark Green holds a one point advantage from Redcliffe’s Matthew Curley with an opening 39 points heading into the final round.