New dad Jones leads WA Open
BY PGA of Australia | Australasian PGA Tour | 2013 John Hughes Nexus Risk Services WA Open Championship | Round Two | 12 Oct 2013
Victorian Steve Jones will take a one shot lead into the third round of the John Hughes Nexus Risk Services WA Open Championship at the Mt Lawley Golf Club in Perth.
In tough condition, Jones fired a 3-under 69 for a two round total of 7-under 137.
“The front nine was easy. I didn’t really hit any bad shots and holed some good putts,” said Jones.
“On the back nine the weather went south. It got rainy and tough. I probably left a couple out there with short putts.”
However a 40 foot birdie putt on the 18th gave Jones a one shot lead over fellow Victorians David Bransdon and Kristopher Mueck.
Leading a PGA Tour of Australasia tournament isn’t a new experience for Jones. He led the Vic Open after the first round before going on to finish in a tie for sixth.
“These events are pretty hard to win. The Vic Open was probably my best chance,” added Jones.
“My game is definitely ready to win. I think mentally I am getting closer.”
Helping with his mental preparation was the birth of his first child Jackson, a baby boy born six weeks ago.
“I still get upset with myself and I want to do well. It hasn’t changed everything,” said the proud father.
“But I write his initials on my ball, if something goes wrong I look at it and think of his face. It changes my perspective a little bit.”
“I wouldn’t say it will make me a better golfer, I think it will just make me a better person.”
Overnight leader, Kris Mueck struggled to a 1-over 73 to be one shot off the pace.
Victorian David Bransdon fared better firing a 3-under 69 to join Mueck on 6-under the card.
As he made the turn Bransdon found some trouble but regained his composure to bounce back with birdies on his closing two holes.
Finishing at 5-under the card was Queenslander Michael Hansen who is outright fourth.
A shot further back and rounding out the top-5 are Troy Cox (NSW), Chris Gaunt (VIC), Marcus Cain (QLD), recently turned professional Brett Drewitt (NSW), Matthew Guyatt (QLD) and amateur Jarryd Felton (WA).
The 36 hole cut was made at 2-over the card with 58 Professionals and two amateurs making it through to the weekend rounds.
The third round of the John Hughes Nexus Risk Services WA Open Championship tees off at 9.20am with the leaders out on course at 11am.
For all scores and tee times please visit www.pga.org.au/wa-open