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Harrison Endycott better for year on the road

Endycott takes the lead into weekend at Twin Creeks (photo Golf NSW)
New South Wales golfer, Harrison Endycott, leads his own State Open Championship as it heads into the weekend at the Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club in Sydney’s west, the first season professional producing eight birdies in his second round of 64 to lead by one over Victorian Cameron John.

Endycott has played most of his year in South America where he has competed with some success especially in recent weeks on the Latino America Tour which is essentially a feeder tour for the Web.Com Tour.

Endycott is currently in 15th place on the Order of Merit on that tour with two events to play but has made the decision to play the events here in Australia leading up to Xmas and it is a case of so far so good.

Endycott was one of Australia’s best amateurs prior to turning professional and was a member of the Australian Eisenhower Trophy winning side of 2016.

From the Avondale Golf Club in Sydney he is playing at home in front of friends and family and will no doubt enjoy the experience of doing so over the weekend

He began his professional career in this event last year missing the cut in the process so his performance this week perhaps reflects the benefit of a year on the road as he eases into the paid ranks.

“It was definitely nice this morning with great scoring conditions,” said Endycott. “My game has been slowly getting better over the last six months. I really did feel like a low round wasn’t far away.

“I think playing yesterday afternoon in those tricky conditions definitely helped build my confidence going into the second round this morning.”

Returning home was bittersweet for Endycott who missed out on progressing to the final stage of Web.com Tour School but will instead play in the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour co-sanctioned Australian PGA Championship at the end of the month.

“I was very close to getting through second stage of the Web.com Tour to the final stage; that was a little heartbreaking on the flight home for the Aussie summer.

“When one door closes another one opens. I really had to analyse all my positives; I get an extra event, I get to play for something maybe in Europe.

“You just never know in this game how quickly things can change. There are a bunch of players who have proven that.”

21 year old rookie, John, is currently 42nd on the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit and although struggling this week with a bulging disc issue he is playing beautifully. He has shown a lot of promise in the Tier 2 events this season with several top ten finishes in his first season in the professional ranks.

South Australian Brad Moules is in 3rd place at 10 under with Queenslander Blake Proverbs and two behind Endycott’s lead. Moules is currently ranked 1964th in the world and is currently in 91st position on the 2018 PGA Tour of Australasia’s Order of Merit. He therefore needs to take full advantage of the opportunity he has created for himself this week.

Proverbs has finished inside the top ten in his last two starts at the WA and Queensland Opens

Perhaps the most interesting round of the day was that of former PGA Tour and Presidents Cup Team member Mark Hensby who is playing his first event since being suspended for 12 months for not complying with a PGA Tour drug testing process.

A winner on both the PGA and European Tours in his heyday, Hensby put together a round of 64 to be in a share of 6th place.



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