Date: February 28, 2009
Author: Sportal

Carballo grabs lead at Moonah

Argentine Miguel Angel Carballo has opened up a two-stroke lead after 54 holes at the Moonah Classic at Moonah Links in Victoria. After sharing top spot on the leaderboard with local Michael Sim at the halfway point of the Nationwide Tour co-sanctioned event, Carballo followed earlier rounds of 68 with a one-under 71 to move to minus nine and clear of Australian Richie Gallichan (70). “To finish on one under par in these conditions is great,” said Carballo who admitted it took a while to settle into his round. “I played here last year and the wind was blowing hard so I feel like I was more prepared for it this year.” Despite bogeys at the 15th and 16th, Gallichan remained steady to finish at seven-under and will start on Sunday in the final group. “I felt really relaxed out there I expected to be nervous after I got off to such a great start and saw my name up there on the leaderboard, its not something I&aposm used to on such a big stage but I felt really good,” said Gallachan. “I grew up playing a lot in the wind, I grew up on the Central Coast NSW, and we get a lot of wind up there, and I&aposve also played Moonah a few times and I know it well. ” “I have a really good game plan for here, try not to hit any bunkers at all, there&aposs so many of them out there they&aposre like landmines so I&aposve only hit one bunker all week. But that&aposs the plan, stay out of the traps.” Veteran Aussie Peter O&aposMalley (72) and Kiwi David Smail (71) share third place on six under, while Australians Stephen Leaney (71) and Alistair Presnell (72) are tied for fifth another shot back with Americans Dustin White (72) and Daniel Summerhays (73). Carballo had a mixed front nine with bogeys at the 1st and 6th holes sandwiched around a birdie at the 3rd and, after giving back a second birdie at 11 with another bogey at 12, he finished with back-to-back birdies at the final two holes to draw clear. With six birdies and a couple of bogeys Craig Spence&aposs 68 was the round of the day, and he rounds out the top 10 with fellow Aussies Adam Bland (71), Steve Conran (74) and Sim (76), as well as Americans Alex Prugh (71) and Hunter Haas (74). “It&aposs just playing very hard,” said Spence. “You have to try and make pars on some holes. It&aposs just that sort of golf course. I didn&apost watch the board all day because I knew people were going to go backwards all day.” “I&aposve played here quite a few times and that wind (South) is the hardest wind for this course. I was trying to do my own thing and not worry about what the leaders were going to do.” Defending champion Ewan Porter, who ran away to a seven-shot victory 12 months ago, carded a disappointing 78 to slump to equal 69th on plus five, ahead of only Paul Gow (78 for plus six) and Scott Dunlap (79 for plus seven).