Round 2 Update – 6.30pm
Part-time Queensland Professional Paul Donahoo is the 36-hole leader, sitting at the top of the leader board at 6 under par. When his not working fulltime in the pro-shop of the Victorian Park Golf Complex in Brisbane, Donahoo is enjoying his weeks off, playing in PGA tour Events. “I enjoy taking time off from work to play golf, and hope to take some form into Q-school at the end of the year”
Donahoo shot a solid round of 66 today and hopes to continue his fine form on the weekend. “I’m really happy with my golf at the moment, the key to playing well at this course is hitting the right spot off the tee to ensure a good shot into the green, the greens are really soft, it’s a bit like throwing a dart into a bowl of porridge” say’s Donahoo.
Morning leader James Nitties 36 hole total of 67, 69 puts him in 2nd place at 4 under par, with Local Amateur Jake Higginbottom finishing his round today with a 69, putting him in tied for 3rd place. Aaron Townsend finished his round with an even par 70, to be T23 sitting at 1 over for the tournament.
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Defending champion Peter O’Malley has had a dissapointing Open. Posting 73, 71 to make the cut by one shot at 4 over par. His playing partner US Amateur champion Kelly Kraft didn’t fair much better missing the cut by one shot at 5 over par. Jake Higginbottom (NSW) is the leading amateur just three shots off the pace.
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13-year-old Blake Windred has had the week of his life, playing amongst the best Professionals in the state. Windreds 13 over par 83 on Thursday set him back in the field but did not deter him. Windred started his round today with two bogies followed by 4 birdies in a row to score 33, 2 under par thru nine holes. Windred finished his pro debut scoring a solid 72 finishing in T137.
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The NSW Open continues with the final 36 holes to be contended over this weekend. Tee times begin at 9:15am with the final group teeing off at 11am.
Round 2 Update – 12.15pm
James Nitties finished today’s round with 69, 4 under par to be equal lead with Victorian Professional Michael Choi. After a gruelling few months of persistent travel and golf Nitties appears unfazed. “I’ve had my best year on tour this year, having won twice on the Nationwide Tour, obviously its great to be home and play in front of a home crowd” said Nitties.
Nitties will be heading back to the USA later this month to compete in PGA qualifying school. Morning players have taken advantage of the favourable conditions. Craig Hasthorpe from Victoria followed up a poor round yesterday of 77, with a score of 64 this morning. His score of 64 is currently low round of the day. Craig is T27.
Defending champion Peter O’Malley looks to be taking the weekend off finishing his round today with a score 71 to be T66. Kelly Kraft from the USA is currently Tied 83rd with 36 Hole total of 5 over par.
Other Notables: Aaron Townsend, shot an even par round of 70 today, he is currently T27. Jake Higginbottom is teeing off the tenth tee at 12:25pm.