Holman best of the Aussies at Western Am

Nathan Holman fired rounds of 70-73 for a 1-over-par total to be one of three Australasians surviving the gruelling format that is the Western Amateur Championship.

The remaining two other Australasians to make the plus 3 cut were New Zealand's Ben Campbell, with rounds of 70-73 to also finish with Holman at 1-over and in a tie for 28th position.

Todd Sinnott continues to have his fine run of form here in the US and is equal with Holman and Campbell after the former Victorian Junior champion fired round of 72-71 to also be at 1-over-par for the tournament.

American and Walker Cup hopeful, Chris Williams, closed the first 36 holes of the Western Amateur Championship with a three-stroke lead.

Williams is at 10-under-par after rounds of 66-66, with Jordan Spieth the nearest contender with rounds of 66-69.

"I guess if you're going to have a lucky number as far as your golf score, 66 isn't a bad one to have," said Williams, who also won the Sahalee Players Championship this summer.

"The big thing out here is keeping it in the fairway," said Williams, who missed only three during today's round.

"I don't hit it as long as most of the guys out here, but I hit it straight and that's what you have to do this week, then take advantage of the opportunities and I've been able to do that."

Williams, a junior at Washington, has already had a prosperous summer and it's not over yet.

After earning second-team all-American honours, Williams began his summer by winning the US Open qualifier with a 6-under 138 at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Washington.

"My putting was great out there and I kept the ball away from any trouble," said Williams.

"That's the difference, you need to stay out of the trouble, as this rough is the toughest that I've seen all summer."

The majority of the eleven Australians struggled around the tight North Shore Country Club and were causalities of the plus-3 cut mark.

Ryan McCarthy fired rounds of 73-74 to finish at 5-over-par, Matt Stieger started promising with an opening 71, only to damage his chances with a second round 77 to finish at 6-over-par. Kalem Richardson fired rounds of 71-77 to be at 6-over-par in his final amateur tournament.

Richardson announced his intentions to turn professional following today's round and will base himself in the US playing the various feeder tours.

Brett Drewitt fired rounds of 77-71 to also finish at 6-over-par and now moves to Canada to play their national amateur championship. Rory Burke finished at 8-over-par with rounds of 75-75, Tim Hart fired rounds of 77-74 to be at 9-over-par, while Daniel Nisbet's inconsistency continues with rounds of 73-79 that resulted in him sliding down the field from being in a tie for 67th to ending in a tie for 116th.

In a tournament that had promised so much, yet in effect delivered very little, both Tarquin MacManus and Bryden Macpherson exited the field with Macpherson firing rounds of 81-71 to finish at 10-over-par and MacManus scoring rounds of 77-76 to be at 11-over-par.

The low 44 scores and ties survived the initial cut and will play 36 holes tomorrow. The top 16 from there will advance to match play on Friday and Saturday.

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