1.00pm UPDATE: Lester leaves them in his wake
Bardwell Valley’s Lester Peterson has shot the round of the tournament, a four under par 65 to vault to the lead mid-way through the second round of the NSW Senior Amateur.
Peterson rolled in a stunning eight birdies in conditions ideal for golf at Nambucca Heads. The 57-year-old said that it could have been a whole lot lower except for four bogeys.
“I hit it pretty straight today.
"I hit it to 10 feet lots of times and made quite a few putts, so all good.
“I Made couple of errors, but I think everyone will around here," Peterson said.
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On a morning ideal for scoring, no one else could get close to Peterson’s scintillating effort. Next best was a trio of golfers, Mario La Chiusa from Nudgee, Mudgee’s John Osborn, and Buzz Bird from South West Rocks, who all posted four over par efforts.
“It has turned out to be a nice day and a nice temperature out there,” Peterson said.
The afternoon field is now on the course, with all eyes on overnight leader Matt Taylor, who is off from the first tee the in the final group of the day.
Others golfers out there who are expected to challenge Peterson’s lead this afternoon include Concord Golf Club’s Kenneth brewer who is at one over par and Gordon Claney from Kingsont Health (+2).
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It’s been a big week for Johnny Osborn.
The Mudgee Golf Club stalwart won his very first A grade Pennant as a member of the club when they took out the Central West District crown against Dubbo at Cowra Golf Club on Sunday.
And just to make a good week even better, the retired school teacher scored a walk-off hole-in-one on the 18th in round one of the NSW Senior Amateur at Nambucca Heads yesterday.
“I went out-of-bounds on 16 and parred it with my second ball. I hit it in the hazard on 17, then chipped in for par, then holed out on 18. It was a big finish. One putt in the last three holes,” he laughed.
Osborn, who has been playing the game since 1974, was pretty thrilled with his week’s effort.
“It was my first ever pennant. I lost a couple of finals over the years, and I ‘racked them’ after we lost another one in 2014.
“I only came out of retirement because they were short on numbers this year.
“We went to Cowra and knocked off Dubbo in the final, the bus trip back was big and the celebrations back at the club were going to go well into the night.
“I slipped away early, I had to drive up here first thing Monday morning,” he grinned.
For the record, Osborn shot a 7-over par 76 in the first round.
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8.00am update: Weather gods smile on Nambucca Heads
The weather gods are smiling on the field at Nambucca Heads today as round two of the NSW Men’s Senior Amateur gets underway here at the Island Golf Club.
Despite reports of rain, golfers were greeted to a picture-perfect sunrise to begin their second round.
Overnight leader Matt Taylor is in the afternoon half of the field. He is in the last group of the day and goes from the 1st tee at 1pm.
Bardwell Valley’s Lester Peterson could well be the player to watch in the morning half of the draw after his opening round of two over par 71.
There’s a tale or two being told out here and Golf NSW will report some of the best while updating proceedings throughout the day. Stay in touch right here.