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Wood leads in Rockhampton

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Rookie Chris Wood will lead a total of 13 professionals who have played in major championships and currently competing in the Ian Weigh Toyota Rockhampton Pro Am.

Chris Wood will take a one stroke lead heading to the weekend at the Ian Weigh Toyota Rockhampton Pro Am after carding a two round total of 11 under par.

After shooting an opening round of 7 under par 65, Wood got off to a flier birdying his first three holes and despite a double bogey on the sixth hole and a triple bogey on the 16th, Wood managed to sign for a 4 under par round of 68 and hold his first four round lead as a professional.

"The course is playing really long because of all of the rain at the start of the week though I've given myself plenty of opportunities thus far and hope I can continue to do so" said Wood.

"I have been feeling like my game has been close for a while and am really glad to put myself in a good position heading to the weekend".

In a large pack of players behind Wood is Victorian David Bransdon and he talked about heading to the weekend one shot back.

"We always talk about Saturday being moving day and there are plenty of us waiting if Chris starts moving in the wrong direction. With that being said, all I can do is control is what I do out on the course and hopefully that puts me in a good position to make a run for the title on the back nine on Sunday".

The field was cut to the top 50 players plus ties after the second round with scores of even par or better making it to the weekend. There will certainly be a few notables missing on the weekend with Marcus Cain, Tony Carolan, Euan Walters and defending Champion Adam Crawford all failing to make the cut.

With the British Open taking place this week it has been a good opportunity to reflect on many of the professionals playing in Rockhampton this week who have previously competed in Major Championships around the world. Rick Kulacz, Lucas Parsons, Lyndsay Stephen, Chris Campbell, Michael Wright, Adam Blyth, Matt Millar, Scott Laycock, Euan Walters, Adam Bland, Rohan Blizard as well as both Price brothers, make a total of 13 professionals playing at Rockhampton Golf Club who have played in a Major Championship.

Rockhampton Golf Club's 2007 winner Ashley Hall and 2011 runner up Aaron Townsend, both playing this week's Open Championship, are a true reflection of the role the QLD Sunshine Tour plays in developing the stars of our game.

"For many of us who don't currently have international tour cards, Pro Ams are a key part of our year as we prepare for overseas tour schools and our larger tournaments at the end of the year and without them, I don't believe Australian Golf would be nearly as strong as it is today" said Adam Bland.

The third round of the Ian Weigh Toyota Rockhampton Pro Am will kick off at 6:45am with Chris Wood teeing off at 12:30pm. Entry is free and with the field for this year's tournament having never been so strong, it is a great opportunity to see some of the past, present and future stars of our game.

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