Former Isuzu Queensland Open Champion, David Bransdon, has retained his lead at the Pelican Waters Golf Club in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland and leads the event by one over the leading world ranked player in the field, Brad Kennedy, at the halfway stage with another shot back to Canberra amateur, Josh Armstrong.
Brandson played late on day two and although he was unable to match the brilliance of his opening round of 63, a fast start to his second round suggested he might establish a substantial break through 36 holes but the more demanding afternoon conditions saw him treading water for much of the round thereafter.
A birdie at his final hole, however, allowed him to carry a narrow advantage into the weekend as he chases his second Queensland Open title 4½ years after his first.
Bransdon, who plays the Japan Tour, was also well placed heading into the weekend at last week’s Queensland PGA Championship but was unable to finish the event of as he had hoped, eventually finishing in a share of 19th but he is looking forward to playing tomorrow’s third round with his Japan Tour colleague
“I played with Brad last Saturday (in the Queensland PGA Championship) and we’ve played a lot in Japan since I’ve been up there,” Bransdon said.
“The young guys they’ll do what they do … hit it 400 (metres), go wedge it and have a few putts, and we’ll play a different game our way,” he said with a broad smile.
Kennedy was very much the likely winner last week in Toowoomba before almost inexplicably dropping four shots over the last three holes.
He was frustrated early in today’s round despite the warm but calm conditions early, but he would birdie five of six holes through the middle of his round.
Armstrong has done well to be in 3rd place just two from the lead as has South Australian Jack Thompson who is just one-shot further back.
Veteran Victorian golfer, Richard Green, a European Tour player for the past 24 years and a former Australian Masters Champion, is another shot back in a share of 5th place with New South Welshman, Jake Higginbottom and Queensland’s Anthony Quayle, yet another regular on the Japan Tour.
Special mention must be made of female amateur, Sarah Wilson, who impressively earned her place in the field through Monday qualifying and then only just missed the cut by one shot.
Rounds of 74 and 72 on the Greg Norman layout will provide the impressive swinging 19 year old plenty of confidence for amateur events ahead.