Bright young star Ormsby fires course record 63

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2003 Australian PGA Championship | Round Three | 13 Dec 2003
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The brilliant third round of 63 by South Australian Wade Ormsby has been the talk of the day to date at the 2003 Australian PGA Championship despite the continuing run by Peter Senior, who has maintained his five shot lead.

Ormsby, who was a sponsor’s invite to play here, has had a great run in recent weeks finishing second at the European Tour School thus gaining his full playing privileges for the 2004 European Tour and finishing fifth at the recent New South Wales Open. His 63 today equals Stuart Appleby’s course record set five years ago.

He narrowly missed the cut last week at the Omega Hong Kong Open, the first event of the 2004 European Tour season, but has quickly made amends here.

“Mum and dad were in the gallery today and it was the first time they have seen me play a tournament for quite some time so it was nice. Mum left after nine to save herself for tomorrow but dad stayed on.”

“I actually got off to a pretty shaky start today and the first birdie I made came from a very ordinary wedge shot to the second but I holed a pitch shot and that got me going. I made a good par saving putt on three and from there on I played pretty solidly all the way through and made some putts.

Ormsby trails the leader Senior by five, but is alone in second place, one ahead of Scott Gardiner, Craig Parry and Rod Pampling. Stephen Allan and Peter O’Malley are one further back.

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