South Australian Adam Bland leads NSW PGA
BY iseekgolf.com | Von Nida Tour | 2005 New South Wales PGA Championship | Round Two | 11 Mar 2005
Blustery conditions contributed to tougher scoring conditions in the second round of the Bega NSW PGA Championship. South Australian professional Duo Andrew Johnson and Adam Bland successful managed the conditions and produced the tow rounds of the day with magnificent nine under par 64’s around the Pambula Merimbula layout.
Bland’s round could only be described as flawless, hitting all 18 greens and recording nine birdies on his was to a bogey free 64. At twelve under par Bland holds a one shot lead over Tasmanian Robin Hodgetts who fired a consistent 67 today.
Johnson’s round was just as spectacular, and included ten birdies in the swirling afternoon wind. Johnson’s putting was outstanding, landing numerous putts from long range.
Bland and Johnson have only recently made the transition across to the professional ranks through the PGA Tour Qualifying School after long established state amateur backgrounds.
“The switch has been really smooth, as an amateur you can loose it pretty quickly but as a pro you need to grind it out, it’s your livelihood”, stated Johnson.
Overnight leader Matthew Milne struggled to come to terms with the exposed conditions at Tura Beach recording a three over par 76 to slip him back into a tie for 15th with a 140 total
Nick Flanagan finished in a flurry to secure his position for the weekend. Flanagan hole a slippery 40 foot putt across the hill on seventeen and the followed it up with a birdie on his final hole to finish on four under par and in a tie for 27, eight shots behind Bland. Flanagan is still well in contention, particularly if the winds continue to freshen over the weekend.
Source – PGA Australia