22 Feb 2013

New Zealand golfer disqualified after leading first round

5:51 am on 22 February 2013

The first round leader in the men's section of the Victorian Open, New Zealand golfer Nick Gillespie, has been sensationally disqualified for failing to sign his scorecard.

Gillespie made the rookie mistake after firing a bogey-free round of 65 at Thirteenth Beach to set up a two-shot lead among the morning field of competitors.

Gillespie was shell-shocked after being approached by tournament officials and informed of his breach of the rules.