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UPDATE: Play abandoned on day one #NSWAm

UPDATE: Play abandoned on day one #NSWAm

After several delays for lightning during the afternoon, play has been abandoned on the opening day of the NSW Amateur.

Officials were faced with no option but to call time on the day following a third lightning delay at 7.00pm.

With several groups needing to complete around four holes, officials have decided to resume play at 6.30am tomorrow, 21 January.

If required tee times will be pushed back in the second round to accommodate the interrupted finish to the opening round.

UPDATE: Play to resume at 4.15pm #NSWAm

storm clouds over St Michael's
Storm clouds over St. Michael’s

Several lightning strikes within 10 km of the St. Michael’s and The Coast Golf Clubs have caused an indefinite suspension of play at the NSW Amateur.

Officials were faced with little choice but to blow the sirens about 3.15 as a pair of massive cells rolled across the Sydney Metropolitan area.

Several hundreds strikes were recorded in the southern cell which moved across the coast a little after 3.30pm.

Earlier most concern was held for a smaller, faster moving cell, which passed over the north shore around 3.00pm.

Kyriacou, Morgan lead the way at #NSWAm

Stephanie Kyriacou has carded a 7 under 67
Stephanie Kyriacou has carded a 7 under 67

Stephanie Kyriacou has used her home course advantage to carve out a seven-under-par 67 at St. Michael’s Golf Club mid-way through round one of the NSW Amateur Championship.

The 19-year-old’s round included a staggering nine birdies and only two bogies in a performance she describes as almost her best home course round to date.

Two shots behind Kyriacou is her St. Michael’s teammate Kelsey Bennett, whose five-under round was bogey-free.

British Amateur Champion and last year’s NSW 36 hole Women’s Strokeplay Champion Emily Toy is in third, while the United State’s Rhianna Maree Lewis is a shot back in fifth.

Jed Morgan on his way to a four under par first round.

Freshly crowned Australian Amateur Champion Jed Morgan has made an impressive start to the NSW Amateur carding a tidy four under par round at the Coast.

Playing the course for the first time, the Queenslander also managed to keep his card bogey-free.

Alongside Morgan is Indian representative Shubham Jaglan, who also crafted his round at the Coast.

A shot back is a trio of golfers including the impressive Harry Bolton from New South Wales Golf Club, Queensland’s Zachary Maxwell and Joel Stahlhut from South Australia.

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