The Victorian, who was runner-up in this event last year, added a second round of 64 at the Woodlands Golf Club to his opening of 63 at Spring Valley yesterday and completed his qualifying ahead by a massive seven shots over NSW’s Blake Windred.
Canada’s Joey Savoie finished in a share of 3rd with Ireland’s Conor Purcell one shot behind Windred.
Defending champion Keita Nakajima recovered from a slow start yesterday with a round of 69 at Woodlands today to be in a share of 24th and remains as one of the strong hopes for the title later this week.
Another former champion, Matias Sanchez, finished tied for 20th and is well placed for an attempt on repeating his win of 2017.
Eleven players were required to play off for one of the last three places in the 64 player field for the Match Play phase beginning tomorrow at The Woodlands Golf Club and they would go to Harrison Crowe, Yuji Sekito and James Conran.
For the second year in succession Crowe is the last player into the men’s field while for NSW’s Conran he continues a family trend, his father Steve, a successful player on the Japan Tour during his professional career, winning the event in 1989.
In the women’s event Japan’s Yuri Yoshida and Sae Ogura tied with NSW’s Doey Choi for first place but it would be Yoshida who earned the top spot ahead Choi and Ogura.
A playoff was required to determine the last place in the 32 player women’s match-play field but it would be China’s Alice Fan who defeated Chukiko Suzuki to snatch the right to play Yoshida in tomorrow’s first round.
The three leading qualifiers in the women's field Yoshida (centre) finishing as the top seed for tomorrow's match play.
Australia’s leading world ranked player in the field, Grace Kim of NSW, finished 4th and will play Victoria’s Linley Ooi tomorrow.
Last week’s Women’s Master of the Amateurs winner Stephanie Kyriacou also made it through and will face Queensland’s Isabelle Taylor in round one.
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