Date: November 30, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Local Stieger takes NSW PGA lead

Matt Stieger holds a one-stroke lead over Sweden&aposs Thomas Petersson in the NSW PGA heading into the final two rounds. After two rounds of five-under 67, Stieger&aposs experience on the Mt Broughton layout paid dividends on Friday. “I&aposve had some good results playing here. I won the Champions trophy back in 2009 playing here. It’s one of my favourite courses,” the 2011 Australian Amateur champion said. “I&aposm putting well and holed out for eagle on the first which helps. But if you hit a bad tee shot here you re straight in the grass and you have to tee it up again, so you have to play smart on every hole.” In only his sixth tournament as a professional, Stieger, 21, is one of many amateurs to recently join the PGA Tour. “There are a lot of young guys coming through the amateur ranks which is really good for Australian golf,” he said. And while some rookies struggle with the transition, Stieger says his experience has been nothing but positive. “I&aposm loving it. It makes all the hard work worthwhile and it&aposs good to get out here and mix it with the big boys.” Stieger leads from Petersson who shot a four-under par 68. New Zealand&aposs Ryan Fox shares third with Adam Stephens, Pieter Zwart, Kris Mueck and Anthony Summers at seven-under. Overnight leader Jake Higginbottom had a difficult day, shooting one over to share eighth with Anthony Brown, Kyle Grant, Deyen Lawson and amateur Callan O&aposReilly.