Date: March 22, 2016
Author: Christian Puccini

Endycott leads SA Classic by two after 36 holes

After 36 holes of the Golf SA Amateur Classic, Harrison Endycott (NSW) has moved into the outright lead at 7-under par, after posting an impressive second round 69 to go with an opening round 68.

Teeing off this morning from the 8th tee in perfect condition, Endycott was three-under thru nine holes once again making birdie on holes 13 and 15. His inward nine included a bogey on the par 5 second hole and final birdie on the short but tricky, par-3, third.

With only one bogey thru 36 holes, the Riversdale Cup champion is playing error free golf, to lead by two strokes.

“I’m hitting a lot of fairways and greens and leaving myself in the right positions to hold a few putts,” Endycott said.

Overnight joint-leaders Ben Ferguson (WA) and Chris Park (QLD) both shot a one-under round of 71 to share second place, with Mitchell Smith from Oxley Golf Club, who had the joint low-round of the day with Curtis Luck (WA), posting an impressive four-under 68.

Grouped with Endycott, Smith fired five birdies and an eagle on the par-5 second hole to move to seven-under with three to play, but made triple bogey on the par-4 sixth hole, his second last.

“I played pretty well; just had one bit of a brain fade, other than that it was good. I got a little bit nervous after I got to 7-under, hit a couple of flip hooks and paid for it,” Smith said.

“This course just suits me I think, I seem to just be able to hit it over all the trouble and I’m rolling the putter pretty well on the greens. The greens are mint and I always feel like I’m going to hole it when I’m on the green, which makes it easier.” Smith added.

SA’s Heath Riches is in outright fifth place after posting scores of 71, 69 and is well positioned at four-under par.

Next best South Australian is Will Somerfield (Kooyonga) at one-under (tied ninth), followed by Matthew Lisk (The Grange) even par and outright 13th.

With the cut at 154 (+10) after 36 holes, 62 players (16 South Australian’s) proceed to the final two rounds.

Men’s Round 3 kicks off at 8.00am on Wednesday 23 March, with the Men’s leading group Endycott, Smith and Ferguson teeing off at 8.40am.

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