Rain reduces NSW PGA to 54 holes

The first round of the NSW PGA Championship being played at Wollongong Golf Club has been postponed due to adverse weather.

PGA Tour of Australasia officials at 7am this morning forcing a suspension in play, however, conditions continued to deteriorate in the afternoon with persistent rain showers making play for the opening day impossible.

Steve Bowditch Steve Bowditch

Graeme Scott, Tournament Director for the PGA Tour of Australasia, made the decision to cancel the day’s play at 12pm.

The opening round is scheduled to commence at 7am tomorrow.

The impact of this decision is that the tournament will be reduced from 72 to 54 holes with a cut to 50 plus ties after the second round on Saturday.

Tournament officials have confirmed that winner will still be credited with an official victory, with all prize money counting towards the Australasia Tour Order of Merit.

“We were always hopeful of getting round one underway today and tried everything in our power to do so but unfortunately the weather was not cooperative,” said Scott.

This week’s tournament at the NSW PGA Championship includes a stellar field.

Rohan Blizard and Michael Wright head into the tournament with recent wins, with Blizard claiming last week the Western Australian Open and Wright the week before the Western Australian PGA Championship.

Wollongong local Lincoln Tighe will make his professional debut after a successful amateur career which included winning the 2009 NSW Amateur Medal.

Tighe was also instrumental in Moore Park dominance in Sydney Major Pennants playing number 1 in the Club’s victories in 2011 and 2009. Tighe will be supported by another local favourite, Brad McIntosh.

Adding to the mix include Craig Parry, Andre Stolz, Peter O’Malley, Steven Bowditch, Aaron Townsend and Scott Laycock.

Media attention has also been centred around Sydney Rooser’s Captain and St Michaels Golf Club member, Braith Anasta, teeing of as an amateur in his first professional tournament.

Reigning Australian Amateur Champion and fellow member of St Michael’s Golf Club, Matt Stieger, is also competing and comes into the event following a strong showing last week in Perth.

The tournament may be supporting a modified format but on offer is a $100,000 prize purse and starts to the Australian Open and PGA Championship.

Last year Steven Bowditch claimed the title with a 17-under-par total for a two stroke victory over New Zealander, Gareth Paddison.