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Three share Master of Amateurs lead

NSW's Justin Warren has a share of the lead. (Photo: Master of the Amateurs)
There is a three-way tie for the lead at halfway stage of the Australian Master of the Amateurs event at Royal Melbourne, Australia’s Justin Warren, Japan’s Keita Nakajima and American Matthew Wolff sharing top spot.

The cosmopolitan trio is at 4 under and one shot ahead of England’s Jake Burnage.

Warren, from Picton in NSW, holed in one in yesterday’s first round of 69 but in the more difficult Thursday conditions produced a solid 1 under 71 to join first round leader and Australian Amateur Champion, Nakajima, and the second highest ranked player in the tournament, Wolff, in front with 36 holes to play.

23 year old Warren, who is in his Senior year at the University of Arkansas, has clearly benefited from his time in the US and finds himself sharing the lead with two of the world’s leading amateurs.

Wolff has been a star during his time at the University of Oklahoma and although unable to match the brilliance of yesterday’s first round of 67 today he is well placed to justify his ranking.

Nakajima is not only the Australian Amateur Champion he finished runner-up at the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship and a very impressive 5th at the Australian Open in November and is looming as a genuine contender for the title.

Australia’s leading male amateur, David Micheluzzi, is at even par and four from the lead while the world’s leading amateur Justin Suh is two shots further back in a share of 16th.

The round of the day came from Canberra’s Joshua Armstrong whose round of 65 was a massive 16 shots better than his opening round of 81 and three shots better than any other player in the field. Armstrong improved 56 places to now share 16th.

Rebecca Kay - leads the women's field 

An equally tight contest is developing in the women’s field with Queensland’s Becky Kay one ahead of her fellow Australians Grace Kim, Julienne Soo and Stephanie Kyriacou.

Kay struggled to a round of 75 today but her impressive opening round of 69 established the base for the lead she still holds.

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