England internationals Nathan Kimsey and Garrick Porteous finished second and third respectively after the New South Wales Medal was reduced to 54 holes after a violent electrical storm swept across Sydney.
The event was won by Thomas Horan from Victoria on 207 after he leapfrogged the field with a third round 67, overtaking Kimsey, who finished runner-up in the previous week’s Lake Macquarie event. It was then announced that conditions were too dangerous for play to continue so the final round was abandoned.
Horan finished a stroke ahead of Kimsey, who posted 69, while Porteous’ 72 left him sharing third place on 209 with the home club’s Jordan Zunic, the overnight leader, who slipped with 73.
Neil Raymond, from Hampshire, returned his best round so far Down Under with 68 for 213 and joint seventh place, all three English players qualifying for the coming week’s New South Wales Amateur at Royal Sydney.
But Craig Hinton missed out after finishing with 82 for 223 and joint 42nd spot, the leading 32 players heading for the match play.
Leading final scores: 207 T Horan (Aus) 68 72 67; 208 N Kimsey (Eng) 68 71 69; 209 G Porteous (Eng) 70 67 72, J Zunic (Aus) 69 67 73.
Other England scores: 213 N Raymond 72 73 68; 223 C Hinton 72 69 82
Image of Nathan Kimsey copyright Tom Ward Sport Photography