Day one called off at Australian PGA Championship

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2005 Australian PGA Championship | Round One | 01 Dec 2005
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At 3:30pm on day one of the Australian PGA Championship play was finally called off with those still on the course now facing yet another early start tomorrow with a 5:30 am tee off in order that the large field can get hopefully get as much golf completed before darkness tomorrow night.

The final nail in the coffin of day one was when yet another rain storm swept across the course at around 2:30 creating no option but to call play for the day.

The leaders at the end of the day’s play were Victoria’s Luke Hickmott and New South Wales golfer Richard Swift. Swift has the advantage of playing the Tight Lies Tour in the US this season and had recorded a win on the pay for play tour. In those events competitors pay US$1,000 per event to play, with the winner of any event earning $20,000.

Hickmott has returned from a season on the Canadian Tour, where he recorded a couple of top tens but has only just started his professional career. He was a highly regarded amateur and appears set for a promising future. He has one hole to play, the dangerous eighteenth, but he has driven it in the right rough away from the water and in his words it is “not too bad”.

Right on the heels of the winner are Nathan Green, Mathew Goggin, Craig Jones and last week’s Australian Open champion Robert Allenby who had driven it in the trees at the fourth hole (his 13th).

“It looks like I can advance it about 100 yards so hopefully it will not be too much of a problem,” said Allenby when play was finally called. Allenby suggested that his hand, which had been the cause of much discussion last week, had not really bothered him today.

Of those on the course who need to reverse the trend tomorrow, Peter Lonard is at four over after a double bogey at the last hole he played today and Nick O’Hern is at three over through twelve holes.

Only eleven golfers completed their rounds with New Zealander Bradley Iles and Richard Ball from New South Wales the best completed rounds of 71.

Photo – Anthony Powter

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