Kiwi Michael Hendry was channelling the local environment as he found a way to stay in contention during his second round at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open in Queenstown.

Michael HendryThe 37-year-old ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and Japan Golf Tour player has been shaking off the after effects of some sickness he picked up while playing at the WGC-Mexico Championship, and was happy to shoot a 6-under 65 at Millbrook Resort today to go to 13-under for the tournament.

“I think I made the most of my round today, it was a day when I could have easily only had even par, or 1-under. I was able to capitalise on the good shots that I had and save par on the bad ones,” Hendry said.

Hendry is a big fan of the Millbrook Resort and The Hills courses being used this week.

He finished third at last year’s New Zealand Open and won the NZPGA Championship at The Hills in 2013.

“It’s great going out there and everyone in the crowd supporting you because you are a Kiwi. I come down here, I always feel at home, Queenstown’s an amazing place and the weather’s fantastic,” he said.

“You get here and you get good vibes. I’ve been successful around here before and I’m always happy to get back.”

A five-time winner as a professional, Hendry is hoping his game can come together more over the weekend.

“Hopefully some improved driving and iron play, and similar stuff on the greens. If I can manage to improve my tee to green game I should put myself in some good positions if my putter holds up.”