Date: October 07, 2016
Author: Tom Fee, Korea

Coletta surges into Asia-Pacific lead

Victoria’s Brett Coletta has thrown down the gauntlet to overnight Asia Amateur leader Cameron Davis, shooting his second straight round of 67 to take the ascendency at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, Korea.

Davis was preparing to tee off for the second round as Coletta holed a 10 foot birdie on the last to extend his clubhouse lead to three shots.

But Davis has more to worry about that just Coletta, with Japan’s Junya Kameshiro firing a 3-under 69 to tie with the New South Welshman on 7-under, and Perth’s Curtis Luck closing strongly to finish with a round of 69 to be 5-under overall in a tie for fourth.

Harrison Endycott was the remaining Australian to play this morning, shooting a 1-over 73 to fall to 1-over par in a tie for 21st.

It took just four holes for Coletta to tie with Davis on top of the leaderboard with birdies on the 11th and 13th, but he immediately gave one shot back with a bogey on 14.

On the par-5 15th, Coletta took the lead outright.

“I made a pretty bad error on 14, I had myself in a good position and just hit my approach way over the green.

“The tees were up on 15 and I hit a good drive and seized the opportunity. I had about 200m to the flag, it was down wind so I took a couple of clubs less and hit a good shot and it landed to about 20 feet and I made the putt for eagle.

“It was a good time to have that, especially after the dropped shot.”

Despite the score, the morning wasn’t easy for Coletta.

Coming off a bogey on 17, the World's No.67 ranked amateur appeared unhappy after an uncustomary follow through off the 18th tee.

Coletta still found the fairway but was again disappointed to leave his second shot in the bowl in front of the 18th green, yet the Sandhurst member scrambled well with an impressive up and down for birdie.

“That was just a loose swing I think,” said Coletta about his tee shot on 18.

“I didn’t feel as comfortable today to be completely honest, and I didn’t hit is as good today striking wise.

“It’s how good your bad shots not how good your good shots are, and I just recovered and that was a perfect example where I hit a pretty poor drive but I got a good result and my second shot wasn’t too much better and I hit it down in that valley.

“It’s really quite wet down there and you could easily flub it but I hit my shot and holed the putt — everything can change so quickly.”

Coletta found his groove on the back nine, going bogey free and ending his round with a bang with a birdie on the last.

For the afternoon, the Victorian has no plans to focus on the leaderboard, instead hoping to take in some sights with his teammates.

“I think I’ll take it easy," Coletta said.

“I’ll probably join the couple of the Aussies and take my mind off golf, recover have some lunch. I think we might head out to the mall or something.”