Blake Collyer – in action today – photo Golf NSW

Victorian, Blake Collyer, and exciting Sydney amateur, Harrison Crowe, have the halfway lead at the Golf Challenge NSW Open at the Concord Golf Club in Sydney’s inner west.

The pair are tied at 14 under par through 36 holes in what has been a low scoring event to date, the cut falling at 3 under and thirteen of those players within four shots of the lead.

Collyer played in the morning field on day two and produced a round of 62 to add to his opening round of 66 and was joined later in the day by Crowe who has been bogey free over his opening 36 holes.

Collyer’s opening round of 66 on Thursday included a hole in one and today he produced another eagle when he holed out from 80 metres or so at the near driveable par 4 5th.

Crowe added a second consecutive 64 during his afternoon round on day two.

The leading pair is ahead by two over recent PGA Tour of Australasia winners, Dimi Papadatos and Jarryd Felton along with NSW’s Jordan Zunic and Queensland based Victorian Deyen Lawson.

Both Papadatos and Zunic are former New Zealand Open winners and Felton a winner of the NZ PGA Championship in addition to his win at the TPS Sydney, the NSW PGA Championship and the WA PGA Championship.

Collyer, now into his third year as a professional, has yet to record a win on a recognised tour as such, but he has played well in the few events he has played in 2022, finishing 4th at both the Victorian PGA Championship and the TPS Victoria, both events on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

Crowe, from the southern suburbs of Sydney, recently won the NSW Amateur, the Australian Master of the Amateurs and the Port Phillip Open and Vic Amateur Championship and is therefore considered one of Australia’s brightest and hottest amateur prospects and is currently ranked third amongst the Australians in the world amateur rankings.

The event is currently one of the more lucrative on the PGA Tour of Australia’s schedule given the impact Covid has had over the past two years, only the Australian PGA Championship worth more to date in 2022.

As such, a victory and the $72,000 first prize will go a long way to cementing a place amongst the all-important top three on the PGA Tour of Australasia, that group to gain access to the DP World (European) Tour in 2023 and so this weekend may prove crucial for several of those chasing that milestone.

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Harrison Crowe shares the lead – photo Golf NSW