WA PGA reaches halfway mark
BY PGA of Australia | Australasian PGA Tour | 2013 WAPGA Championship | Round Two | 04 Oct 2013
With a second round of 4-under 68 PGA Trainee Professional Jack Wilson has maintained his lead heading into the weekend of the WA Goldfields PGA Championship.
Wilson leads at 9-under par, holding a one stroke lead over New Zealand Professional Nick Gillespie who shot a second round of 5-under 67.
Despite a confident front nine Wilson bogeyed 16 on his way in, but recovered with a timely birdie to close out the round.
“That birdie was very important. I was really happy with my front nine but I made a mess of 15, so I needed that one back which is a good boost going into tomorrow,” said Wilson who continues to play with the confidence of a much more experienced player.
“I don’t know where the confidence comes from. I guess I just trust that I know what I’m doing and it all comes together.”
Wilson will play in the third round alongside 25-year-old Wellington-based Professional Gillespie who also finished with a birdie on his last hole of the day.
“My goal is the top 20 on the Order of Merit by the end of the year,” said Gillespie, who grabbed attention on the PGA Tour of Australasia earlier this year when, after leading the Victorian Open, he was disqualified for not signing his scorecard.
South Australian Professional Adam Bland also made an impression on Friday, a 3-under par 69 helping him to a 7-under-par total and outright third.
A former winner of the WA PGA Championship title back in 2005, Bland has recently started working with new coach, Jens Nilsson, and is trying to rebuild his status on the PGA Tour of Australasia.
“I’ve played the big (Australian) events every year since I turned Pro and now it’s like I might have to sit back and watch these events on TV which is really hard. So this event is really important.”
Former winner, Michael Long now based in WA but a New Zealander originally, was another who moved into the top five in Round 2.
With a 2-under 70, Long finished at 5-under-par in fourth position.
Wilson’s playing partner Tarquin McManus also finished with a birdie on the last to move into a share of fifth position alongside Peter Cooke, Leigh McKechnie and Lincoln Tighe at 4-under par.
The cut was made at 3-over par with 55 players making it through to the weekend.
The third round will get underway at Kalgoorlie Golf Course from 9.00am Saturday morning with WIlson, Gillespie and Bland teeing off at 10.30am