Aussie Richardson holds place at Players

Kalem Richardson's second round 1-over-par 73 was patchy in places, as his card revealed with a string of birdies and then a double bogey on the 18th, however, the Tasmanian holds his place in 5th position at The Players Amateur in Bluffton, South Carolina.

Richardson is at 3-under-par for the tournament with rounds of 68-73, eight strokes behind leader, American James White.

White has held the lead since the first day at The Players after opening with a 5-under-par 67 and following with a 6-under-par, 66, today.

White is yet to claim a main US Amateur event and was instrumental this season for Georgia Tech in the US Collegiate series to be honoured in the 2010 All-ACC Academic Team. Crowned Georgia Tech's highest ranked collegiate golfer, during the 2009-10 season White had seven top-20 finishes, two of those in the top 10, in eleven events, with his best finish a tied 6th at the Mauna Lani Invitational.

The American currently enjoys a six stroke margin from his nearest rival and has taken command of this Players Amateur following today's round of 66, which included five birdies with one eagle, in a majestic display of golf on a layout where the greens were playing super fast and conditions extremely hot and humid. The only blemish in White's round today, a bogey on the on the 5th, as he carded equal nines of 33 for his 6-under-par day's low round.

With twelve players breaking 70 during the second round, the Belfair West Course certainly revealed it's teeth. The day was hot and humid and the greens were baking under the sun making putting a real challenge for those out late in the field.

"The course is playing very tough out there and greens are hard and firm as the day goes on," said Richardson, who last week at the Dogwood Invitational secured his first top-20 finish in a main US tournament

"Just holing some putts is the challenge. My confidence is good at the moment and today could have been better, but I'm still up there on the leader board. Tomorrow hopefully will be different."

Jordan Sherratt was another Aussie to hold his ground during today's second round firing a 1-under-par 71 to add to his opening 71. The Master of the Amateur Champion remains in a tie for 7th position at 2-under-par, nine strokes behind the leader and is the next placed Australian behind Richardson.

Tim Hart, runner-up to Matt Jager at the Federal Amateur last September, moved eleven places on the leader board with a second round 3-under-par, 69, after opening with 74 to be in a tie for 14th position at 1-under-par.

Kieran Pratt has opened with rounds of 75-71 to be in a tie for 25th position at 2-over-par, along with Ryan McCarthy (75-71), Bryden Macpherson (70-76) and Jason Scrivener (74-72).

Brendan Smith, Daniel Beckmann, Luke Bleumink and Mitch Krywulycz will need to make their respective moves during tomorrow's 3rd round if they are to survive the top 48 plus ties cut for Sunday's final round.

The 2010 Players Amateur winner receives an exemption into the PGA Tour Verizon Heritage, which is played at Hilton Head's Harbour Town Links.

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