Michael Sim – photo Golf NSW
Queensland based Western Australian, Michael Sim, has a two-shot lead at the halfway mark of the Golf Challenge NSW Open at the Concord Golf Club in Sydney, the 36 year old Scottish born golfer producing bogey free rounds of 66 and 63 (today) to lead by two over Sydney’s Daniel Williamson.
Sim, a four-time winner on the Web.Com Tour in the US and a runner-up in an event during his time on the PGA Tour, has become a regular contender in events on the PGA Tour of Australasia including wins at the 2017 Queensland Open and the 2020 Queensland PGA Championship.
“I had it going early, five-under through eight,” said Sim. “I was saying to the boys after the practice round that I like the golf course. I like playing tree-lined golf. It’s just been two great days, without a bogey. I don’t think I’ve ever done that before,” he said.
The tournament carries a first prize of $72,000 and will move Sim inside the top six of the 2010 / 20121 Australasian Tour Order of Merit to be finalised at the completion of this week’s event should he go on to win the event.
“I’ve been in this position before. I know what to expect, it’s nothing new to me,” added Sim. “I’ve played tournament golf for 20 years now so I know what the feelings are going to be like. Once you get past the first couple of holes you settle into the round and hopefully, there’ll be a few more birdies.”
26 year old Williamson’s round was highlighted at his 10th hole (the first of the Concord layout) when he eagled the driveable par four 1st hole and he holds second place alone ahead of Picton (NSW’s) Justin Warren and recent winner Andrew Martin from Victoria.
Order of Merit leader Brad Kennedy took a share of the lead during his morning round before two late bogeys and he is now six shots off the lead in 12th place.