Wade Ormsby – file photo Bruce Young

South Australian, Wade Ormsby, and Queensland’s, Brad Kennedy, are tied in a share of 9th place and eight shots off the lead at the European Tour’s Cazoo Open at Celtic Manor near Newport in Wales.

Ormsby, currently in 58th place in the Race to Dubai, was unable to match the excellence of Thursday’s 67 but his 1 over 72 leaves him eight shots from the lead and well positioned heading to the weekend.

Kennedy, playing this week on invite after an appearance at last week’s Open Championship, added a second round of 69 and the 2020 New Zealand Open Champion and winner of the most recent PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit, finds himself again performing well after a disappointing week at Royal St Georges.

The leader Nacho Elvira of Spain is at 11 under and two ahead of Vincent Norrman of Sweden in a field where not one player from the world top fifty is competing.

The leading world ranked player in the field, Matt Wallace, is in 4th place and four off the pace.

Gold Coast based Victorian, Deyen Lawson, turned around his recent fortunes after missing his last eleven cuts in events on both the European and Challenge Tours to be in 33rd place.

Lawson’s fellow Victorian, Bryden Macpherson, slumped to a second round of 76 after an impressive opening round of 67 to be tied in 42nd position along with Queenslanders Maverick Antcliff and Scott Hend to complete the Australasians making it to the weekend.

19-year-old Gold Coast golfer, Elvis Smylie, did well to recover from an opening round of 74 with a round of 71 but missed the cut by just one as did New Zealand’s Josh Geary.

Smylie recorded two eagles on his closing nine of 32 but was unable to recover from a slow start to both the event and his second round.