Date: February 06, 2015

Amateur leads Oates Vic Open with Pros in hot pursuit

Victoria amateur Andrew Schonewille has upstaged the Professionals to lead the Oates Victorian Open after the second round played at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links.

22-year-old Schonewille played a perfect round of golf firing a bogey free 8-under 64 for a two round total of 11-under the card.

Playing on the creek course the highlight of his round was five consecutive birdies to open the back nine.

Competing in a PGA Tour of Australasia tournament alongside some of countries biggest names for just the second time, Schonewille is sure to be nervous on the first tee tomorrow.

“I said on Tuesday when I came over with James Marchesani…they players here, Peter Lonard, Richard Green and Nathan Green – it’s incredible how they get these names,” said Schonewille.

“But it’s fantastic to be where I am.”

“I’ll be as nervous as hell on the first tee, but once I hit the first shot it will be game on.”

Not to be upstaged New South Wales Professional Mitchell Brown put on a master class firing a course record 9-under 63 on the creek course.

“I haven’t putted that well for a while. It was just one of those days where you’re looking at it and it goes in,” said Brown.

“When I had a birdie on a hard hole I seemed to have an easy hole the next so that kept the momentum going.”

Brown made his first bogey of the round on his final hole of the day, the untimely mistake dropping him back to a share of second with West Australian Jason Scrivener on 10-under the card.

Competing on the beach course, in the morning, Scrivener was one of three Professionals to equal the tournament course record with an 8-under 64.

“I hit a lot of greens – it was pretty stress-free, really,” said Scrivener who had full status on the European Tour for 2015.

“I only missed a couple of greens today and it felt fairly easy for once, which was nice.”

Also playing in the morning field and equalling the beach course tournament record were Aaron Townsend and Matthew Millar who are now T4 and T6 respectively.

The second round cut was made at 1-under the card with 58 Professionals and nine amateurs making the weekend.
The third round of the Oates Vic Open will tee off at 7am with the leaders on course at 1.20pm.

By: PGA of Australia media