Stolz leads into weekend at 13th Beach

BY PGA of Australia | Australasian PGA Tour | 2013 Victorian Open | Round Two | 22 Feb 2013

Andre Stolz has claimed the outright lead after the second round of the Victorian Open Championship.

Playing in the afternoon wind, the round was about minimising errors for Stolz who finished the day at 1-under 71 to be 6-under the card after two rounds.

“I three putted the 12th then the next three holes I had a battle on my hands, I hit a couple of lose shots but made some great saves,” said Stolz who teed off on the 10th at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links.

“I really felt like I turned it around from the 17th hole, I hit a really good shot in there and then the rest of the day I actually played really good.”

Having recently made the switch from a long to short putter Stolz is happy with the way he played today.

“My putter, that was originally a broomstick, I cut down to a belly putter and now I’ve turned into a short putter, it’s the same head and it feels pretty good.

“I haven’t been holing everything but I’ve made what I should have – all the short ones.”

“It would have been nice to get one more in the bank, but all you can ask for is to get yourself into a good spot and see what happens from there.”

Shooting even par today, Steve Jones is still in contention heading into the final round.

“I knew just from playing out there that no one would go super low, the wind was whopping around a bit so I was just happy to keep my head on today,” said Jones.

He heads into the third round one shot behind Stolz at 5-under the card and is joined by West Australian Stephen Dartnall.

A group of eight players – including two time Australian Master Champion Brad Hughes and amateurs Cameron Smith and Nathan Holman sit a shot further back.

The day was highlighted by Victorian Michael Choi who fired an 8-under 64 to set a new course record at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links. Starting the day at 5-over he leapt up the leaderboard to be tied 12th on 3-under the card with four other players.

The halfway cut was made at 1-over the card with 54 Professionals and eight amateurs making it through to the weekend rounds.

Play will get underway tomorrow morning at 7.20am with the Women Professionals from the ALPG joining the Men on the Beach Course as they contest their respective Victorian Open Championships simultaneously.

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