Only one golfer produced a superior round to Nick Gillespie's opening effort at the Victorian Open though that was scant satisfaction for the New Zealander because he failed to sign for it.
The 24-year-old was disqualified for committing one of the sport's inexcusable indiscretions - neglecting to autograph his scorecard - after a superb course record-equalling 7-under 65 at 13th Beach on Thursday.
If he had a macabre fascination about the remainder of the tournament, Gillespie, who won't make the same mistake at this week's NZPGA Championship in Queenstown, would have noticed only former Australian Masters champion Richard Green's final round of 64 today eclipsed his flawed benchmark.
Matthew Giles won the Open for the first time at 13-under, his closing 67 - his best round - enabled the Australian to finish one stroke clear of compatriots Ryan Lynch and amateur Nathan Holman.
Michael Long was the best of the surviving Kiwi contingent in a tie for 14th alongside Green at 8-under; Josh Geary was the other New Zealander to go the distance and placed 40th at 2-under.
Gareth Paddison, the 2004 champion, Phil Tautaurangi, Brad Shilton, David Klein, Kieran Muir, Ryan Fox, Steven Alker, Hamish Robertson, Pieter Zwart, Mark Brown and Troy Ropiha all missed the cut.
Meanwhile, Cathryn Bristow was the leading New Zealander in the women's Victorian Open at Creek Course.
She ended in a tie for 24th at 6-under, a dozen shots adrift of Australian Stacey Keating who was two strokes clear of England's Hannah Burke.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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