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Scrivener, Flanagan and Kaufman show the way at Vic Open

Scrivner shares the lead with Flanagan (Photo: Golf Australia)
New South Welshman, Nick Flanagan, and West Australian, Jason Scrivener, lead the men and American, Kim Kaufman, leads the women at the halfway stage of the Vic Open at the 13th Beach Golf Links on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria.

While scoring was not at quite the same high-quality levels as those on day one, the conditions did not allow it, a strong breeze sweeping across the course for much of the day.

Nonetheless, at 14 under par Scrivener and Flanagan lead by just one over Wade Ormsby with Brad Kennedy and Matt Jager another shot back and sharing 4th place and a total of 15 players within four shots of the lead heading into the weekend.

Scrivener was quickly into stride in his second round with birdies at his opening two holes and an outward nine of 32 before finishing with a round of 66 while for Flanagan he was unable to match the brilliance of his opening round 62 but he did well enough to share the lead through 36 holes.

“I think yesterday was kind of a bit of a surprise, but you at the same time I played well and kind of got everything out of my game,” said Flanagan. “I'm probably happier with today's round considering it was backing up that 62.

“The last three or four holes it got a little tricky, and from what I've seen in the weather report it's going to be blowing another 10 or 15 kilometres stronger tomorrow.”

Scrivener is slowly but surely building platforms for himself in the professional game and while he boasts only one win in the paid ranks he is developing into a very consistent player and is aware of the progress he is making.

“Anytime your game's in a good place and you're constantly making cuts and putting yourself in contention, it's good for confidence. 

“I just feel like over the last six months I've made some big improvements in my game and steadily progressing the last couple years. I feel like it's in a good position and I just want to give myself more chances to win tournaments.”

Ormsby has failed to record one top ten in more then twelve months on the European Tour but today he swept to the lead before two late bogeys have him just one behind. He has yet to win on the Australasian Tour but has been twice runner-up and he seems to have found something with his game since finishing his 2018 season.

"It's nice to come back to Australia and a European Tour event and get myself in the hunt, so I'm close enough with this to give them a bit of a run on the weekend,” said South Australian Ormsby.

“I think definitely the last two to four years I've definitely picked up a notch, feel a bit more confident in my game.  I'm getting to that age where I feel like I should be playing the best golf of my career. Body's still good even though I'm 38, so I've just got to keep on trucking along and try and make the most of it.”

American Kaufman played early on day two and added a second consecutive 66 to lead the women’s field by two over former Australian Open Champion Haru Nomura of Japan at the end of the day.

Kim Kaufman

Su Oh kept Australian hopes alive with a round of 68 to be at 10 under and three from the lead although Karrie Webb turned back the clock with a round of of the day 65 to be at 7 under and six from the lead.

Kaufman has been a great promoter of the innovative event and the format and her lead reflects a well-deserved return for that positivity.

“You know, last year was when I kind of heard about it and I've been pretty outspoken about coming down here and it's lived up to every expectation, which has been great,” said the leader. “I followed Matteo Manassero and guys behind us and I think it's really cool and I'm just urging everyone to come play.”

“I was going to come regardless. I was going to ask for an invite. I told them last year, I just think it's such a great thing they're doing, equal pay and we all want more prize money and equal prize money. 

“Maybe it's not $10 million.  But it is someone who's starting do this, I think it's awesome.  We come down for the Australian Open anyways, which we hope to get into, so why not come and enjoy an extra week down here.”

The cut fell at 5 under for the men and even par for the women.

 

 

 

 

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