PGA trainees tee off
COMPETITORS were met with cold and blustery conditions yesterday morning as they teed off on the marathon 36-hole opening day of the 2012 Queensland PGA Trainee Championship.
Trainees completed rounds one and two in a single day after the competition was delayed for a day because of wet weather.
New South Wales trainee Jamie Hook managed the conditions best in the morning shooting, a two -under par round of 70 in the first round.
He led by two from Lachlan Wall, Kyle Grant and Hope Island Golf Club trainee Evan Sinclair.
"I hadn't played a par six before this week and with it playing straight back into the breeze today, it was certainly a test to get home in regulation," Hook said.
The conditions softened somewhat in the afternoon, with Adam Northey and Terry Hills trainee Kyle Grant finishing even par after the 36 holes.
Lismore Golf Club trainee Brenton Parrish carded two eagles on his way to a round of 70 to be two over for the tournament alongside Jack Wilson and Horton Park's Atomu Watanabe.
Round one leader Jamie Hook couldn't backup his opening round 70, carding 82 in the second round to be eight off the lead.
"I played nicely this morning and the tough conditions made me knuckle down a bit more but unfortunately I didn't putt nearly as well in the afternoon and my score showed it," Hook said.
Considering the condition of the Coral Cove golf course on Sunday, when fairways were underwater, the PGA Trainees were extremely grateful to be out there playing.
"The course has recovered incredibly well," trainee captain Leon Barry said.
"The fairways have dried out and the greens are in great condition but it wouldn't have been possible without the dedication of the ground staff and volunteers at Coral Cove."
With the 36-hole cut being set at 19-over par, 52 players will contest the final two rounds and are still in contention for the Carnegie Clarke Cup.
The third round begins today at 7am with Northey and Grant teeing off just before 10am.