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Mates rally to keep Aussie hopes alive

Disabled Golf Cup Rd 1

Good mates Stephen Prior and Shane Luke might have been shivering at the time, but they warmed the hearts of their Aussie teammates with a last-gasp win to keep the ISPS Handa Disabled Golf Cup alive today.

After the World team won the opening two match play contests, the New South Welshmen knew they had to scrap out a win against Belgium’s Adem Wahbi and Dominican Manuel De Los Santos to give the inaugural two-day contest a competitive pulse.

When Prior and Luke were one-down through 14 after a De Los Santos bomb for a half, there were fears in the Aussie camp.

But they dug deep and powered home for a 2-up victory that left their team hope after a first day marred by abysmal weather at Metropolitan Golf Course.

“It was a tough day, really windy, but we just kept fighting it out,” Prior said.

“They played really well, were great competitors and hit great shots, but we got over them in the end, thank God.”

Earlier, the impressive combination of Ireland’s Brendan Lawlor and Spain’s Juan Postigo proved too much for Victorian Mike Rolls and West Australian Tony Coates.

The Europeans stood firm under early pressure from the Aussies, then clicked into overdrive on either side of the turn for a 6&4 victory.

German Timo Klischan and Englishman Ashley Harris found their best form late, edging clear of New South Welshmen Cameron Pollard and Geoff Nicholas.

Their high-quality encounter was on edge for most of the match, but the Europeans prevailed up the last for a 2-up triumph.

The World team leads 2-1 with three matches tomorrow in fourball match play format on the second and final day.


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