Weather delays Western Amateur

The Western Amateur has been plagued by bad weather causing the second round play to be canceled before any of the afternoon groups could complete their rounds.

The delay caused Western Golf Association officials to shorten the stroke play, which is scheduled to be completed Thursday, from 72 to 54 holes.

Augusta State senior Henrik Norlander made birdie on his final three holes to shoot 67 and tie USC freshman Jeffrey Kang for the 36-hole lead. Yet with more than 80 players yet to complete their second round match, the Western Amateur remains remains an open affair.

Kieran Pratt is the best of the Aussies with the 2009 Dunes and 2010 Lake Macquarie Amateur Champion presently sitting in a tie for 19th position at 1-over-par and yet to start his second round. Tarquin Macmanus has fired rounds of 74-73 and looks set to make the cut currently sitting in a tie for 29th position.

Mitch Krywulycz, a member of the NCAA champion Augusta State golf team, is the next best placed Australian after opening with a 3-over-par 74 to be currently in a tie for 55th position.

Among the notables that will likely miss the cut are Northwestern's Eric Chun, the Asian Amateur runner-up (74-76), Alabama State and world number 3, Bud Cauley, a member of the '09 Walker Cup team (75-75), Stanford's Sihwan Kim (69-78), Tim Mickelson (74-75), Australia's Matt Jager (80-74), Luke Bleumink (74-79), Bryden Macpherson (70-78) and Daniel Beckmann (71-77).

At the conclusion of the second round which is scheduled to be completed by lunch time Thursday, the field will be cut to the low 44 and ties. That group will play 18 holes to determine which 16 players will advance to the match play portion of the prestigious championship starting Friday.

At this stage the only likely Australian's to be in contention are Pratt, Macmanus Krywulycz and Jason Scrivener, with Scrivener yet to start his second round after an opening round of 75.

New Zealand's Ryan Fox also looks set to make the cut, firing rounds of 75-71 to be currently in a tie for 29th position.

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