Tom Power has held on to the lead of the Gippsland Super 6 at the halfway mark of the second round in a tumultuous day at Yallourn Golf Club.
The Victorian completed an outstanding opening round of 6-under 66 on Friday morning to take a two-stroke lead before moving to 5-under through nine holes in round two.
Horan Power’s opening round was particularly impressive in challenging conditions after returning to complete his final 14 holes following an overnight play suspension.
A birdie on the 5th kick-started a run of six holes 5 to 18. Power Horan credits his incredible run to steady play in the rainy conditions.
“I just played really solid and tried to avoid the rain and getting wet and that was about it really. I just hit it really nice,” Power Horan said.
“We came back out on the 5th and I hit a 3-wood from about 230 to 15-feet and two-putted for birdie which was a nice start to the day after the delay.”
Shortly after Power Horan completed his first round, the play was suspended for six hours due to heavy rain and flooded greens with three groups still to complete round one.
Players returned to the Yallourn Golf Club from 4 pm to complete round one with two round two resuming at 4:30 pm
Through nine holes of the second Power Horan holds a one-stroke lead at the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australiasia tournament, which tonight has been suspended due to darkness.
The second round will again resume on Saturday morning with more than half the field to complete the round, however, further rain and blustery conditions are expected over the weekend.
“It started raining pretty hard on the last. I knew it was going to get delayed pretty quickly after, so it is as nice to hit it close and hole it. It was a good way to finish,” Power Horan said of his opening round.
After completing his first round on Thursday, Brady Watt holds second place with a round of 4-under 68.
Brett Rankin climbed the leaderboard on Friday to sit in second place with a one and a half round total of 4-under.
Rankin, the winner of the 2019 NT PGA Championship, said keeping his emotions in check and controlling what he was able to, was a key to a successful round.
“I just tried to scramble my way around really. I forgot my umbrella this morning so I’m a bit wet and tired but you deal with whatever comes your way and block out all the distractions, grind it out and stay patient with it,” Rankin said.
“I’m very happy with the round and I finished really well so it was good to start to the tournament.”
Marcus Fraser also made the most of the turbulent conditions to sit two shots off the lead at 3-under the card.
The Gippsland Super 6 will recommence round 2 at 7 am on Saturday morning.
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