Ballard holds outright lead at NSW PGA

BY | Von Nida Tour | 2006 New South Wales PGA Championship | Round Two | 10 Mar 2006
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Queenslander Matthew Ballard holds the outright lead after two rounds of the Bega Cheese NSW PGA Championship. Ballard sits at 14 under par, one shot clear of his nearest rival.

Ballard trailed the overnight leaders by three shots after his first round of six under 67. In his second round however he would get the best of the docile morning conditions. Ballard took the advantage and posted a score early in the day that would prove out of reach for the rest of the field. His round of eight under 65 was the lowest round of the day at Both the Pambula Merimbula and Tura Beach courses.

Ballard’s focus is currently on the Australasian Tour where he finished 10th in the 2005 MFS Australian Open. Residing in Queensland Ballard spends much of his time practicing with his coach Gary Edwin out of the Glades Golf Club on the Gold Coast.

Michael Sim and Neven Basic are currently tied for second both of whom will be looking to breakthrough for their first Von Nida Tour win.

Sim made a slow transition to professional golf missing his first four cuts however he now seems to be finding his feet after his runner up finish in the Jacobs Creek Open. Sim is growing in confidence with every event and his first professional victory seems imminent.

Sim will play next week’s Toyota Southern Classic Von Nida Tour Event before heading home to Western Australia to fine tune is game in preparation for his US Nationwide Tour season.

In an unusual occurrence the first two rounds of the Bega Cheese NSW PGA Championship have produced three holes in one. David Diaz, Anthony Painter and Steven Jones all recorded aces, with Jones the lucky recipient of the $2,500 prize sponsored by Huon Personnel.

The Bega Cheese corporate event also included a charity dinner and auction after round one of the tournament and helped fundraise over $15,000 for local charity Canassist.

In a tournament highlighted by low scoring, 57 professionals will be playing on the weekend with the 36 hole cut being made at four under par.

Source – PGA Australia
Photo – Anthony Powter

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