A level par carding after a rain delayed second round at the Otukpo Golf Club, leaves first day leader, Sunday Olapade sharing rank with new oppositions.
Chukwudi Okoro and Ebela Desire are now co-leaders at four under par 140.
The second round draw had been marred by three-hour down pour that left organizers declare a shot gun start to determine the round.
“The rain changed a lot of things, not only the draws, it also changed the course of play” said Jide Bolaji, Professional Golfers’ Association of Nigeria’s Tournament Coordinator.
“But the rule is clear on what to do and that also comes with its own dynamics” he added.
Dominic Andrew, Operations Director of the PGAN informed that the round could not have been cancelled owing to the huge number of amateur players that has entered for the last two days of the event.
“The pros cut had to be determined today or else we would be faced with a huge field of both pros and amateurs tomorrow. Meanwhile a lot pros too needed to know their fate in time to determine if the extra cost of staying in Otukpo was necessary” he added
With the cut of 157, thirteen over par determined after the short gun simultaneous tee-off, the tone is hence set for amateur players to coast along in the final two rounds of the Francis Olo Pro-Am Championship.
The event rounds off on Sunday March 1st, 2015 with a total purse of N7 million naira (about 35, 000 USD) to be shared between the elite players.