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Australians well placed at Western Amateur

Sondjaja in action this week. (Photo: Western Amateur )
The significant Australian contingent competing in this week’s time-honoured Western Amateur Championship at Skokie Country Club in Glencoe in Illinois has begun well and through 36 holes several are nicely positioned.

Sydney’s Ruben Sondjaja, a recent graduate from Iowa State, leads by one over American Brad Dalke who finished runner-up to Curtis Luck at last year’s US Amateur Championship and by two over New Jersey's John Pak.

Sondjaja, a former member of Bonnie Doon during his junior golfing days in Sydney, is currently Australia’s 11th highest world ranked male amateur and has played a significant role in elevating the performances of Iowa State during his four years as a member of the Cyclones' line-up.

West Australian, Minwoo Lee, Australia's leading ranked player in the domestic rankings, is four from the lead following his second round of 65, Sydney’s Dylan Perry, the runner-up at the recent Amateur Championship, one shot further back, last week’s Southern Amateur Champion Karl Vilips is tied for 8th and Queensland's Charlie Dann and Wollongong's Travis Smyth just made the cut in 44th position.

The leading 44 players and ties advance to the final 36 holes, following which the leading 16 golfers will compete in match play encounters to determine the winner.

 Only one Australian, Bronson LaCassie, has won this event previously but several now have a chance to add one of the USA’s most significant amateur titles to their resume.  

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