Date: October 21, 2016
Author: Bernie Pramberg

Young guns under pressure from experienced duo

Gritty South Australian Max McCardle and experienced Kiwi Mark Brown are poised to challenge the young guns who dominated second round play at the Isuzu Queensland Open.

Victorian 20-year olds Lucas Herbert (68-68) and amateur Brett Coletta (67-69) take a one stroke lead over McCardle and Brown into Saturday’s third round at The Brisbane Golf Club.

McCardle, 31, shot a four-under 68 in difficult afternoon conditions as stiff breezes and slick greens made low scoring difficult.

“It was a real grind out there,” he said. “It was hard to get the ball close to the hole and good to shoot under-par this afternoon and make some ground on the field.

“It’s going to be a matter of staying in touch and running down those young kids.”

New Zealander Brown, 41, is a perennial contender although he does not play a great deal of tournament golf these days. As a former Johnnie Walker Classic champion he has the steely resolve to handle any conditions or situation the weekend presents.

He followed his opening 68 with a 69 yesterday as many in the field went backwards.

The Brisbane Golf Club is proving a challenging test with only eight players under-par after 36 holes.
The cut was made at 5-over par, indicative of the difficulty of the course. Fifty-one professionals and 12 amateurs will contest weekend play.

Within two shots of the lead at two-under are Queenslanders Aaron pike (68-70) and amateur Anthony Quayle (70-68) and New South Welshman Adam Stephens (68-70) who shared the lead at one point today before dropping shots.

Overnight leader, Deyen “Digger” Lawson (NSW), followed his first round 65 with a 74 to be one-under the card.

Gold Coaster Ray Beaufils made the cut at 3-over after the ultimate roller-coaster round.

Beaufils made a 10 on the testing 435m, par-4, 9th hole, but followed with six birdies for a final 71.

Teenage Brisbane amateur Zac Maxwell, 16, who pre-qualified for the event deservedly made the cut after rounds of 73-72.

Defending champion David Bransdon (74-76) and former Australian PGA champion Daniel Popovic (74-73) were prominent players to miss the cut.

4-under: L Herbert (Vic), B Coletta (am Vic)
3-under: M McCardle (SA), M Brown (NZ)
2-under: A Stephens (NSW), A Pike (Qld), A Quayle (am Qld)
1-under: D Lawson (NSW)
Even: S Jones (Vic), D Brandt-Richards (NSW), N Gillespie (NZ), B Moules (SA)