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Surprise leader at Oates Victorian Open

(Photo: Bruce Young)
Victorian amateur golfer Andrew Schonewille is a surprise leader of the Victorian Open at the completion of 36 holes at Thirteenth Beach at Barwon Heads on the Bellarine Peninsula.

A member of the Rosebud Golf Club on the opposite side of Port Phillip Bay, Schonewille leads by one over West Australian Jason Scrivener and New South Wales' Mitchell Brown with another shot back to local amateur Ben Eccles and Newcastle golfer, Aaron Townsend.

Schonewille finished inside the top ten at the recent Master of the Amateurs suggesting his game was in good shape but to have led this PGA Tour of Australasia event is another level again.

Scrivener, who recently earned his European Tour card for the first occasion, played his first event with that card when finishing an impressive 11th at the recent South African Open and his form generally in recent months has been very solid. Against this weaker field he has made a very good start in his quest to win his first PGA Tour of Australasia event.

Mitchell Brown is a former NSW Open and New Zealand PGA Championship winner and has actually played reasonably well in events at this level in recent months.

Australian Masters Champion, Nick Cullen, is well placed to add to his growing portfolio of victories, the South Australian just three from the lead as the event heads into the weekend.

In the Oates Victorian Women's Open being played concurrently over the same venue Victorian and former outstanding amateur, Su Oh, shares the lead with Scotland's Sally Wilson and Norway's Marianne Skarpnord with Australian Amateur Champion Shelly Shin one shot further back.

Oh produced a brilliant round of 8 under 65 today to move into a share of the lead late in her round and the member of the successful Australian Espirito Santo Team has shown previously she has the game to contend at this level, more especially when runner-up to Karrie Webb at the Australian Ladies Masters two years ago.

Former leading Australian golfer Rachel Hetherington continues her comeback with an impressive second round of 70 to be in a share of 9th.

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