Final round action in the Western Open here at Dubbo Golf CLub will resume at 1.15pm.
Officials believe while not completely clear of disruption, there is enough of a window to continue play.
With a series of lightning strikes within the vicinity of the course, lightning sirens were blown with the leading two groups still to tee off.
With the threat still ongoing, Golf NSW and PGA staff are monitoring the weather radar closely.
12.09pm: PLAY DELAYED BY LIGHTNING
The Western Open here at Dubbo has been delayed due to lightning.
With a cell appearing from the northwest, the sirens were blown by officials at 12.09pm.
A decision on the resumption of play will be made after assessment of the storm and its’ direction.
MORE TO COMED
10.40am: Mears makes a’local’ move
Craig Mears is winding back the clock, and currently on course to card the low round of the morning.
The Dubbo Golf Club Professional is currently bogey-free at four under par for the day and two under for the tournament after 11 holes. He sits in a tie for 17th, alongside Port Kembla big bobber lincoln Tighe, who is also at four under for the day.
The weather is holding here at Dubbo, but only just, with officials still hopeful of completing the day without too many delays.
7.30am: Final Rd Underway
It’s the final round of the Western Open here at the Western Open and boy, aren’t we in for a cracker!
All eyes today will be on the final group of Daniel Gale (-9) Grace Kim (-7) and Charlie Dann (-7), with the chasing trio of Kade Mc Bride (-6), Mitch Davis (-5) and Newcastle amateur Jye Pickin (-5) ready to pounce.
On a stunner of a day yesterday, an impressive 45 players finished at par or better around the testing Dubbo layout. It was the rounds of Gale and Kim, however, who the fans were talking about.
Gale was simply sublime in crafting his almost faultless 63. An eagle, eight birdies and just one bogey told the tale of how peerless his performance was. Even his playing partners were taken by the display he put on.
“He made every putt he looked at,” his playing partners, Justin Warren and Jordan Zunic chimed almost in chorus.
Kim was no less impressive in what was, effectively her professional debut on Australian soil, in fact, in the exulted company of legends Peter Lonard and Matt Millar, it might have been better.
Six birdies and a hole-out eagle one the par-five 12th left her more experienced playing partners in just a touch of awe about the standard of her game.
Tales aside, and if the weather holds, looks like its going to be a thrilling day of golf here at Dubbo.
If you’re nearby, come on out and catch it all up close and personal. If you’re not, follow the Live Stream action at nswopen.com or on the Golf NSW Facebook page to stay in touch with the play.
Livestream action will begin around 12.00pm and continue till the end of play.