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Herman keeps it going at Moonah

American Jim Herman built upon his opening course record round of 62 with a second round 70 to retain the lead at the Moonah Classic, being played at Moonah Links in Mornington, south of Melbourne.

Herman is at 12-under-par and three strokes ahead of Steven Jones, after the Australian fired rounds of 68-67 to be at 9-under-par.

Herman has been experiencing a rollercoaster ride playing the Nationwide in recent times. The American started the 2009 season with a pair of top-five finished in the first four weeks, but did not crack the top-10 after that. His best finish on the Nationwide is a 3rd at the New Zealand Open in 2009.

Until Moonah, Herman had not made a cut on tour since September, missing the weekend in the final six events in 2009 to fall outside the top-60 and loose full status on the Nationwide Tour for 2010.

It was a relieved Herman as he spoke to the media this afternoon.

"I've not been in this position for a while," said Herman who's career earnings on the Nationwide is US$161,000.00

Yesterday's course record 10-under-par round , 62, certainly provided Herman with the platform to make his first weekend in four months and break the missed cut drought. As conditions at Moonah toughened with rain periods and freshening winds, Herman retained his composure to record his second bogey free round for the tournament.

"I'm very pleased where I am and cannot complain," remarked Herman at the press conference this afternoon.

"Today was a totally different round to yesterday, but the course is playing different with the wind. I also made a few more putts yesterday and today have a few shave the cup and not drop. I'm happy with today's outcome."

Having not experience the pressures of being in contention at a tournament for a while, Herman was remaining optimistic with his chances to claim his maiden tour win.

"I'll keep playing aggressive out there and stick to my game plan. I'm driving the ball well and keeping out of the fairway bunkers, which is what you have to do here. I'm excited and for once I'm looking forward to the weekend."

Andrew Buckle and Fabian Gomez are in a tie for 3rd at 7-under-par, a stroke ahead of Steven Bowditch, Andre Stolz and Jon Mills.

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