It may have taken him 24 hours to play 18 holes, but Frenchman Sarel Son-Houi overcame the horrendous weather conditions at the Norwegian Challenge Open to post an opening round of five under par 67 at the Vestfold Golf Club, Tønsberg, Norway.
Son-Houi leads a group of six players by one stroke going into the second round of what will now be a 54 hole event following the adverse conditions.
The English trio of Andrew Butterfield, Jason Dransfield and Denny Lucas sit alongside Scotland’s Graham Gordon, Ireland’s Stephen Browne and the Argentine Gustavo Rojas all sit in joint second place on the completed first round leaderboard.
Son-Houi was pleased with his disciplined performance in taking the first round lead, having to start on Thursday afternoon and then finish his first round the next day.
“I’m pleased with a 67,” he said, “considering that it took a full day to play one round! I was solid through most of the round and saw some nice birdie putts rolling in which made the difference.
“The weather here has been awful. It is so changeable, one moment we have terrible rain and then the next thing you the see the sunshine, but the storms are always around you. I am in a good position, but there is still a long way to go. The tournament may have been reduced to 54 holes, but a lot can happen in two rounds of golf.”
Butterfield, meanwhile, was left to cool his heels in the clubhouse all day on Friday, having been one of the few players to finish their first rounds on the first days play.
The 29 year old said: “I can’t remember my first round it was that long ago! I played solidly and feel comfortable with my game at the moment. I won a EuroPro Tour event a few weeks ago at Aston Hall in England and I have taken a bit of confidence from that.”