Wilson won this event at this venue in 2012 in its inaugural staging at this venue but has not been back since so a return to a venue where he has had success is an experience he is enjoying.
“Last time I was here I actually won the tournament, so I have good vibes here,” said Wilson. “It’s nice to be back. It’s an amazing golf course; the grass condition we have in the desert is amazing.”
The Victorian has missed two of his last three cuts on the PGA Tour of Australasia schedule but he has played well in pro-am events in his home state of late and arrived in Kalgoorlie with his game in reasonable shape.
Bourke has generally struggled in PGA Tour of Australasia events with a best of 6th at the NSW Open last year although he has recorded top ten finishes in Tier One events such as the New Zealand Open and the Australian PGA Championship of late.
McKechnie has been on the verge of retirement from golf in recent times, but the former NSW Open Champion has added consecutive rounds of 68 to be just one from the lead.
NSW’s, Matthew Stieger, a former Australian Amateur and NSW Open Champion, is one further back and alone in 4th position.
The rounds of the day came from Ashley Hall and Chris Wood who moved to 9th and 12th respectively with their 6 under par rounds of 66.
The cut fell at 2 over par with 57 players making it through to the weekend. Four of those were amateurs headed by Australia’s leading ranked amateur, Min Woon Lee, who has a share of 16th position at 3 under.