Weather causes more havoc at Wensum Valley

Weather causes more havoc at Wensum Valley

May 2nd, 2008

The elements continue to play a huge part in the PGA EuroPro Tour event at Wensum Valley.

Conditions were perfect for golf early in the day, with Kent’s Jamie Harris shooting four under to lead the tournament at three under after two rounds, but at around 3pm the heavens opened and a severe thunderstorm suspended play until 6pm.

The second round is unlikely to be completed tonight, with another early start likely in the morning, and the cut is around the six over mark. Unfortunately for Weston Park’s Danny Chapman, he won’t be back to play the final round after shooting ten over for the day, 14 over for the tournament, taking nine on the par three seventh.

Chase Davis and Ian Ellis still have to complete their rounds and have work to do if they are to make the final round. Ellis (Weston Park) is ten over for the tournament after 30 holes and Davis (Wensum Valley) is 11 over after 30 holes.

Andrew Marshall went round in par to stay in the thick of things at one over for the tournament, while Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich) shot eight over for the day to bow out on 14 over.

Harris admitted he had the best of the conditions, although he had to recover from a poor start. “I bogeyed the first missing a tiny putt, so I just thought birdie the next and I’ll be back on track, and I hit a good drive and did just that,” said Harris.

“The first round I was just trying not to drop shots and I did that until I got to 15 and 16, but the par 15 is an evil par three if it’s windy and if you button it you can end up in the water at the back. But the pins all round seem more accessible today and there was less three putting than there was yesterday.”

Michael Hempstock (Doncaster) played in Harris’ three-ball and carded two under for the day to go into the final round level par. The overnight leader Stephen Lewton, once an England international, had a tough time of it starting the day at one under but posted three over today to be one over for the tournament.

Play is likely to start as early as 7.00am for the second round to finish, with the top 50 plus ties making the final round, which should start around 11am.

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