Play suspended at World Amateur
The threat of thunderstorms delayed the second day of play in the Eisenhower Trophy resulting in the Aussie challenge being put on hold for six hours.
Having risen at 5.30 for an early tee-time it was not until 2pm that a tee off on the 10th was possibly. Even then the Aussies were unable to complete the round as the siren sounded to stop play at 6.20 just before nightfall.
Cameron Smith (Credit: Anthony Powter)
This was doubly frustrating for Stieger and Nisbet who were keen to make amends and get out on the course to post a good number for the team after opening slowly in yesterday’s first round which had the Australians in a tie for 34th position.
At the close of play with 2 holes left to play Smith was once again the best of the team standing on 4-under with Stieger at 2-over.
Field placing at the end of the day indicated the Aussies had climbed the leaderboard to 26th position. However, 24 teams had not yet even started the second round.
Individually, Nisbet had a poor start again with a triple bogey on his second hole of the day. He ran out of fairway with his tee shot. Then faced with a difficult approach shot, his ball became buried in a green side bunker. Nisbet then recovered to birdie the next three holes leaving him at 5-over with one hole to play.
Smith had an unblemished 4-under after 16 holes of play elevating him in the individual honours to tie for 28th as well as stabilising the Aussie performance. His was one of the better scores recorded for the second round.
Stieger found himself 2-over after four. He then played regulation golf until a loose 3 iron on the 4th (12th). This hole is a reachable par 5. His 3 iron found him in the reeds which resulted in bogey.
His first birdie of the day finally arrived on the 219m par three 6th (15th).
The siren sounded at 6.20pm just before dusk and the day’s play concluded. Players hurried to the safety of the Clubhouse as fork lightening provided the pyrotechnic backdrop.
The chaotic scene outside the clubhouse would be familiar to any club golfer after suspension of play.
Abandoned golf bags collected around the entrance to the club and officials being pressed for information. Finally an announcement that play will commence at 8.30am on Saturday at your marked ball.
There are a number of teams who have not yet started the second round. USA, the first-round leader, had only three holes recorded by lead player Chris Williams, number one in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, who birdied the 10th and 11th holes at the par-71 Antalya Golf Club, to move his team to 15-under.
Five teams in the top 10 on the leaderboard from the first round on Thursday did not play Friday leaving only 48 of 72 teams getting onto the course. With the ominous weather forecast, some restructuring of the tournament is likely.
For the Aussies a frustrating day’s play but some advance was ultimately made.