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Antonio Murdaca leads WA Open

The talented Murdaca ahead by one (Photo: Bruce Young (file photo))
Antonio Murdaca, himself a relatively new recruit to the professional ranks, heads a pair of amateur golfers into the third round of the Nexus TSA Group WA Open at the West Australian Golf Club in Yokine in Perth, the South Australian one ahead after consecutive opening rounds of five under par 65.

Murdaca leads over West Australian amateurs, Curtis Luck, and joint first round leader, Haydn Barron, with another shot back to New Zealander Nick Gillespie, West Australian, Rick Kulacz, and NSW amateur, Travis Smyth.

Murdaca, who turned professional soon after attempting to defend his Asia Pacific Amateur Championship title in Hong Kong last October, has missed the cut in eleven of his fifteen starts in the paid ranks but as a player good enough to have defeated some of the best amateurs of the Asia Pacific region at Royal Melbourne eighteen months ago and a two time Australian Junior Champion, he is a much better player than that record would suggest.

“I haven’t seen my name on the top of the leader board for a little while but there is a lot of golf to be played,” said Murdaca.

“A successful week would be awesome, getting a card for two years on the PGA Tour of Australasia and having somewhere to play.”

Barron is a member at the West Australian Golf Club while Luck is also a West Australian and is one of this country’s leading amateurs.

 

 

 

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