Wind gusts of up to 60 kilometres per hour forced the suspension of the second round of the Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung at the Arabella Golf Club on Thursday. Trevor Fisher Jnr. was leading on seven under par through nine holes of his second round when the siren sounded at 11:25am. With the wind still at its worst, play was called off for the day at 15:02. The round will resume at 8:25 on Friday morning, and the professionals will have rain to deal with as well according to the forecast. Fisher Jnr. is two strokes clear of Rhys West and Jean Hugo.
The suspension was a timely end to a difficult morning where players were struggling to stand over their shots, flagsticks were straining at 45-degree angles, and golf balls were moving on the greens. “It was bad out there. It was bordering on a joke at times,” said Andrew Curlewis, who won this tournament in 2007. Curlewis was standing on the putting green trying to keep busy during the delay, but could only laugh as putts he hit would be blown back to his feet.
“In conditions like this, you make up your mind when you’re standing over the ball what you want to hit, and then all of a sudden the gust comes along. Sometimes you’re able to stop in time, but other times you’re halfway into your swing and you’re buggered. It’s luck of the draw in the conditions like this, and you’re just trying to keep the ball in play.”
Photo: Sunshine Tour professional Michael Hollick battles the wind shortly before the suspension of play in the second round of the Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung at Arabella Golf Club.
Photo Credit: Petri Oechger/Sunshine Tour.