Strange holds lead in classic


THERE is no clear title hope with the contenders circling with two days of play remaining in the $85,000 Pat O'Driscoll Real Estate/Tropical Auto Group Pro Am Golf Classic yesterday.

West Australian golfer Scott Strange has taken the overall lead after a round of 67 yesterday and holds a two-stroke margin over Queenslander Johnathan O'Sullivan who fired a round of 69 on the second day of play.

The opening round leader, Jason Norris, of South Australia, slipped to third place after carding 73 in his second round ? which followed his opening round of 63.

One player still in the hunt is Australian PGA veteran Peter Senior.

Senior, who turned 46 last Sunday, is going "pretty steady'' after shooting a three under 69 on the championship course yesterday to follow-up from his three under on the resort course during Thursday's opening day's play.

His morning round left him tied for fifth with Eddie Barr (68, 70).

"I just need to hole a few more putts,'' Senior said. Senior said the championship course was a "little tougher'' to play.

Safely back in the clubhouse after benefitting from the morning round, before the south-easterly winds kicked in, Senior could only sit back and watch the other contenders' scores come in.

The Australian golf stalwart has endured mixed success during a six-tournament stint on the European tour.

"I had two reasonably good weeks and the other four were pretty pathetic,'' Senior said.

Senior will play the Hervey Bay Pro-Am next week before returning to Europe on August 22 for a further two tournaments.

"This is the most I've played in about five years.''

Defending champion, Queensland's Ryan Haller, has a big ask ahead of him sitting nine strokes off the pace.

Former Yeppoon junior Adam Blyth is tied for 32nd after a second round of 70 to follow his opening round of 74.

In the amateur ranks defending champion Trevor Tougher, of Yeppoon, held his game together to card a 73 and lead by two strokes from day one leader, Yeppoon teenager Boyd Watts.

Yesterday last players left the course just before 6pm.

The four-day Rydges Golf Classic, proudly supported by The Morning Bulletin, hits off again at 7am today and tomorrow.

Another highlight of the weekend will be the Classic Dinner.

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