Chris Hartas opens yesterday’s round with a confident tee shot but his 73 kept him outside the top 50 in the Rockhampton Pro Am.
Chris Hartas opens yesterday’s round with a confident tee shot but his 73 kept him outside the top 50 in the Rockhampton Pro Am. Allan Reinikka

Top of table scrap

IT IS a battle at the top of the leaderboard in the Ian Weigh Motors City of Rockhampton Pro Am but overnight co-leader Aaron Townsend is still there – just.

Townsend was in top form on Thursday with a six under par but was not able to repeat that sort of score yesterday, having to be satisfied with a round of 70.

“There was a little bit of wind and that made it more difficult,” Queensland Tournament coordinator for the Professional Golfers Association, Justin Maker said, “nevertheless there was some solid golf played.”

There were also a number of charges to join the leaders.

One to cause the most concern for the current leaders comes from Henry Epstein.

On Thursday the joint winner of the 2010 event was a little off the pace and looked a likely candidate for a place in the middle of the trailing pack.

All that changed yesterday as the extrovert golfer shot a magnificent 67 to put his name right up there with the best once more.

Not all former Rockhampton Pro Am winners shared Epstein’s good fortune.

Tristan Lambert is a previous winner and expected to do well in 2011, however, it is not going to happen as his tournament ended yesterday afternoon when he missed the cut.

Perhaps the biggest fall from grace came to Adam Le Vesconte.

After the first day he was just one off the pace but followed it up yesterday with a calamitous 82 to end his participation in the event.

There were many others who either zoomed up the leaderboard or nose-dived out of contention.

Overnight joint leader Simon Furneaux might not be out of the race yet but he did his chances no good when he scored one over in his round to slip three shots off the pace.

Another player to watch will be Euan Walters who is playing some very consistent golf, adding a round of 69 to Thursday’s 68.

There is always one golfer who produces the exceptional. In perfect conditions on Thursday Victorian David McKendrick had an ordinary round of golf to finish with a score of 75.

Yesterday he bettered that score by 10 shots to produce the best round of the championship to date, a magnificent seven under par 65.

There are also some strong performances in the amateur field.

Playing on his home course Michael Neaton is the stand out performer with a total of 143 for his two rounds. Neaton, who has been having a fantastic season, is nine shots better than second placed Brad Jeffrey. Leading the net scores is Barry Halth with 139 while Neaton is near the top of that board too with 145

The Ian Weigh Motors City of Rockhampton Pro Am continues at the Rockhampton Golf Course over the weekend.

LEADER BOARD

136: Aaron Townsend

137: Euan Walters, Luke Paroz

138: Do Eun An, Nick Cullen.

139: Tony Carolan, Simon Furneaux, Timothy Porter, Paul Spargo

Top Amateur scores

143: Michael Neaton.

152: Brad Jeffrey

157: Greg Black

158: Dean Bunt



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