Perry survives stormy Belmont high and dry

CHALLENGING: Dylan Perry endured two storm interruptions to remain in the hunt at five under par. Picture: Marina Neal.A FRUSTRATED DylanPerry will return to Belmont Golf Club at 6.30 on Saturday morning to putthis 18thhole, aftertwo storm interruptions plagued the second round of the Lake Macquarie Amateur on Friday.

The two other members of Perry’s group had completed their round when played was haltedaround 7.15pm due to lightning. It left the Aberdeen-basedVintage member stranded on fiveunder par and four strokes off the West Australian leader Ben Ferguson.

“I tried to putt it, but the official yelled out to me and told me I couldn’t putt it,” Perry said.“I’m the only one in my group who needs to go back tomorrow. I’m not very happy.”

Another two groups behind Perry will also return on Saturday to complete the second round, beforetournamentofficials can determine the cut.

Play was suspended initially around 5pm due to lightning and surprisingly play resumed an hour later. Perry was three under mid-way through the 15thwhen play was suspended.

Despite the wet and darkconditions, the NSW Country champion managed to par his next three holes and has an easy par putt on 18.

“The thunder stopped and they said everyone was going back out,” he said. “I wasn’t very happy, but we all wanted to finish.

“The rain really came down heavy when we got back out there. It was hard to keep a grip on the club. I don’t think anyone hit it pretty on the way in, but I did what I needed to do by making a few pars.”

Perry said he was ecstatic with his performance and it gave him confidence to challenge for the championshipover the weekend.

“The first hole back out there I had a 15-footer down the hill for par and it was pouring down rain and I made it too,” he said.

“I almost birdied the firstnext one, which would have been nice.”

Ferguson maintained hislead at nine under by cardingtwo-under 70 to follow his opening 65.

England’sBradley Moorefired a successive 68 with fourbirdies on the front nine to trail Ferguson by a stroke. Daniel Hillier from New Zealand is third after he fired sixbirdiesand twobogeysfor a 68.

CONSISTENT: Clubhouse leader Ben Ferguson overcame the storm interruption to maintain a one-shot lead. Picture: Marina Neal.

Charlestown’s Blake Windred remains the best hope for breaking the 38-year waitfor a Hunter champion

The 18-year-old carded four birdies and one bogey in the morning in a successive round of 69. He is three strokes off the lead in sixth place.

In the women’s draw, Australian Amateur champion,Min-Ji Park, was overtaken by fellow South Korean memberHye-Jin Choi.

Choi fired the only sub-70 round of the day when she carded six birdies and two bogeys in her second four-under 69 for the tournament.

Park is a stroke behind at seven under par, following her round of 71.

Royal Pines’ Robyn Choi (70-70) is the leading Australian at six under, followedby Mt Lawley’s Hannah Green (72-73) in seventh place at one under. Thecutwas 153, seven over par.

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