New Zealand’s Josh Geary, amateur Kazuma Kobori and Australia’s Jack Wilson share the lead of the SEC NZ PGA Championship as play at Pegasus Golf and Sports Club was suspended overnight.
Canterbury local Kobori, who still had two holes to play before the round was delayed due to darkness, rocketed up the leaderboard with five birdies and an eagle to equal the lead set by Geary and Wilson at 12-under the card.
With two hours of delays pushing play out to almost-darkness, Kobori is excited by the chance to play weekend golf in his home town.
“I’ve only got two holes to play so I’ll keep doing what I’m doing, I’m almost through 18 holes of golf so I will just go out there and enjoy it,” said Kobori, who is one of just six players yet to complete their second rounds.
“I made a really good up and down on eight and holed a 25-footer on 9 for eagle so that was the hole of the day for sure.
“I teed off after the rain delay so the conditions were awesome. I also putted well which helps.
“After the rain stopped there was no rain and then the greenkeepers did a good job to keep the course like it was.”
Playing in wet, wild weather Wilson was able to remain composed to shoot an incredible score of 8-under 64 on a chilly, 12 degree Christchurch morning, moving his total to 12-under par after two rounds.
With morning tee times delayed by 45 minutes due to overnight rain, weather has continued to play a big part in the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia tournament.
“When we started yesterday it was pretty windy and we came out today to a 45 minute delay, 10 degrees colder, it is good to walk away with a number like that,” said Wilson.
“To do it in weather like that was fantastic. I’ve managed to walk away with a birdie on the last as well so you’ve got to be happy with that.”
Wilson was left with just two shots to play in his second round before another delay was called as water flooded sections of the Pegasus Golf and Sports Club layout, a situation that Wilson found tough to handle from a mental standpoint.
“I thought it was pretty hard to deal with,” he said. “We’d played in it pretty much all day, but at least in the same conditions for two hours and then just as I’m about to finish the siren decides to go.
“Once you get past being a bit annoyed we sat in front of a heater, had a pie and you can’t control that so you deal with what you can and get things dry, then we went out and finished it off.”
Starting his round in heavy rain, Geary was on only his second hole when play was suspended.
“We got really lucky with that I think,” said Geary of the delay.
“We were only on the second tee when the swell was coming in. When we came back out there was no rain obviously and the wind died down as the day went on.
“It got cold but we were very lucky I think with the weather.”
Going on to record a score of 3-under 69 in round two, Geary believes his scorecard could have read lower than his two-round total of 12-under.
“It was a bit of a struggle today,” added Geary. “I felt too good to shoot that number to be fair.”
“I left a few shots out there on the front-9, a couple of lip-outs, I had a really bad bogey on 9 from the green-side trap on 2 and three-putted 11 so I sort of lost my way a bit.
“I finished ok and made an eagle on 16 but it was a bit of a funny day. I had a couple of unlucky breaks and left a couple out like I said but 69 is a decent score.”
Highlighting Geary’s round was an eagle on the 16th hole, one that is quickly becoming a favourite for the Kiwi.
“The eagle on 16, it was a good shot in and made an 18-foot putt for eagle and I eagled the same hole yesterday too so I quite like that hole,” said Geary.
Sitting in third place is Australian Daniel Fox on a tournament total of 11-under, ahead of David Smail and Jack Weston on 10-under.
Play in round two is expected to continue at 8:00am at Pegasus Golf and Sports Club on Saturday.
The projected cut is currently sitting at 1-under the card.
Round 3 tee times will be made available at pga.org.au following the conclusion of the second round.
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