SUCCESSIVE rounds of 69 have given young local golfer Zach Murray a one stroke lead going into tomorrow’s third round of the Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship being played at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
Murray, who is just 17, was the Victorian Amateur champion in 2013 and is a member at nearby Commonwealth Golf Club.
Considering today’s temperature was in the high 30’s with strong winds, Murray said he was happy with his round that included three bogeys and six birdies.
Other teenagers, Frazer Droop from Yarrawonga and Melbourne golfer Andrew Schonewille from Yarra Yarra, also appeared undaunted by today’s condition.
Both carded 68, which equalled the best round of the day. Droop and Schonewille sit just one shot behind leader Murray and a shot clear of a group of four; first round leader Ben Eccles, Queenslander Cory Crawford and the best performed international so far, David Snyder from the USA.
Englishmen Paul Howard and Nick Marsh as well as Chieh-Po Lee from Chinese Taipei are in a group of seven a further shot back.
A third of this world-class field of 78 recorded sub-par rounds today and with such a tightly packed leaderboard, the fight for the Green Jacket remains wide open.
Admission to the final two rounds of the Australian Master of the Amateur Championship is free.
Photo: Joey Ratcliffe
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