Rophia leads Charles Tour event in NZ
BY NZ Golf | 27 Sep 2013
Taupo professional Troy Ropiha has his eyes fixed on winning on The Charles Tour for a third time.
The 31-year-old, who has won the Taranaki Open twice on his old home course, is the leader at the halfway stage of the Carrus Open after he carded rounds of 64 and 66 at the Tauranga Golf Club for a 10-under par total.
The Wairakei golfer holds a one shot lead over former Japan Tour professional Richard Lee who backed up his opening 66 with a five-under par 65 in the squally conditions.
Overnight leader David Klein (69) is a further shot back while two-time champion Josh Geary (67) and North Harbour professional Joshua Carmichael (66) in a share of fourth place.
But the second round was all about Ropiha who took advantage of his favourable draw in the lighter winds.
“I was glad to get that one finished,” said the former NZ rep.
“I didn’t really swing it that well today but I grinded out a good score. I will go to the range now and hopefully find a golf swing.”
Ropiha was pleased to be in contention again to win on the Charles Tour. He finished runner-up behind Mark Brown, who broke away with an eight-under par 62 to win by four last year, and said that performance helped his confidence.
“I like the golf course. It is pretty risk and reward and I like that. I am quite aggressive with driver going for most of the short par fours. I like playing here and it is even better when you play well.”
Meanwhile Lee, who recently qualified for the final stage of Qualifying School for the Japan Golf Tour, is looking for his first win on The Charles Tour.
The Auckland pro was happy with his two-round total considering his preparation.
“I haven’t been playing much golf lately so I am a little bit out of sorts,” said the 39-year-old former NZ Amateur Champion .
“I have got two different swings going at the moment – one for my driver and one for my irons just to try and get it going straight – and it seems to be working.”
Lee said it was always a highlight coming back to play Tauranga Golf Club – a course he has special memories of after carding that magical 59 back in 2010.
Geary was optimistic of his chances of winning the Carrus Open for the third time after a strong finish to round two.
The former Web.com Tour player was two-over par through the turn but played the last nine holes in five-under par to keep his hopes alive.
The top 60 players and ties (62) made the cut at the Tauranga Golf Club on a six over-par total.
Charles Tour – Carrus Open Leading Round Two Scores – Tauranga Golf Club:
130 Troy Ropiha (P) 64 66
131 Richard Lee (P) 66 65
132 David Klein (P) 63 69
133 Josh Carmichael (P) 67 66, Josh Geary (P) 66 67
134 Peter Spearman-Burn (P) 66 68
135 Fraser Wilkin (P) 68 67
136 Leonard Morgan (P) 71 65, Tae Koh (Manukau) 68 68, Jon Bevitt (P) 68 68, Kieran Muir (P) 66 70
137 Dominic Barson (P) 72 65, Dongwoo Kang (P, South Korea) 71 66, Nick Gillespie (P) 67 70
138 Doug Holloway (P) 68 70