2018 West Australian Open Champion, Zach Murray, an amateur when successful at Mt Lawley Golf Club in October, has since turned professional and already with status on the PGA Tour of Australasia he is in a share of second place as he pursues the right to play on yet another tour in 2019.
An equal best second round of 64 has Murray just one shot off the pace heading into the third round of the event in Hua Hin in Thailand.
Yet another West Australian Open winner, Daniel Fox, is two shots further back in a share of 9th place, Perth’s Rick Kulacz is 22nd, Gold Coast’s Jack Munro is 29th along with Victorian Cameron John, Queensland’s Kade McBride is 53rd, Dale Brandt Richards of NSW is 70th, while Peter Stojanovski, Jack Murdoch, Jordan Zunic, Simon Hawkes and Nabil Abdul have also made the 36 hole cut but are well back.
Daniel Fox - also well placed
Players to miss out on advancing to the final 54 holes were Peter Wilson, George Worrall, Benjamin Stowe, Shae Wools-Cobb and Will Heffernan.
A further cut will be made to the leading 70 players and ties through 72 holes followed by the final round on Sunday.
The low scoring layouts produced as many as 107 players breaking par for the 36 holes and two of the leading players recording holes in one at the 16th hole.
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