Thirteenth Beach Golf Links is set for a huge weekend of golf with a jam packed leaderboard at the Oates Vic Open.

Aron Price

New South Welshman Aron Price has taken the halfway lead at the Oates Vic Open thanks to a birdie on his final hole.

Enjoying the challenge of the afternoon wind Price fired 4-under 68 on the Beach Course to be 9-under the card after his opening rounds.

Sitting a shot behind him is West Australian Stephen Dartnall who fired 5-under 67 thanks to a birdie streak through the middle of his round.

First round leader Scott Strange had a round he'd rather forget, dropping four shots in three holes to end the day with a 2-over 74. He now finds himself tied third with fellow West Australian Stephen Leaney and Adam Blyth on 7-under the card.

Monday qualifier James Gibellini is making the most of his opportunity at the Oates Vic Open. He fired 5-under 67 on the Creek Course to move to T6 on 6-under the card with Michael Sim, Todd Sinnott and 2014 Vic Open champion Matthew Griffin.

Rounding out the top-10 on the leaderboard on 5-under the card is Torquay local and NSW Open champion Ben Eccles, NSW PGA champion Jarryd Felton, 2015 PGA Tour of Australasia player of the Year Matt Millar, Leigh McKechnie, Michael Long, Kristopher Mueck and American Ryan Carter.

The second round cut was made at even par with 59 Professionals and four amateurs making the weekend rounds.

The third round of the Oates Vic Open will tee off at 7.10am with the last group of Price, Dartnall and Leaney on course at 1.10pm.  

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Quick Quotes:

Aron Price, 67, 68, 1st

"I got a bit of rust off last week in Singapore and here I am, I spoke to my coach (Gary Barter) on the phone a bit and I'm hitting it a little bit better this week."

"I have learned to commit to the wind and not second guess; I just pick a direction and hit it so that's helped me."

"Being comfortable with being uncomfortable, that feeling is part of it. Anyone from a 12-handicapper to Rory McIlroy feels those things. Some people feel comfortable with them and actually play better than they would without them and some people feel uncomfortable and play quite poor."

Stephen Dartnall, 69, 67, 2nd

"It's going to be a windy weekend which always keeps things tough and interesting."

"My putting has improved a bit; I have been working on that over the off season. So that's one thing I feel a bit more comfortable with."

Stephen Leaney, 69, 68, T3

"You have to have your wits about you around here. You really can't relax for one moment. The fairways are pretty generous but you've got to hit a lot of good iron shots and that's probably the strength of my game."

"I've hit a lot of quality iron shots this week and that's probably been the main reason why I'm up there."

Scott Strange, 63, 74, T3

"I scrambled all day, got the winds wrong on 11, 12 and 13 and went double bogey, bogey, bogey but apart from that I got it around."

"It was a tough day, the breeze freshened up, it was going south, south-easterly so it was hard to pick but 7-under is not too bad."

Ben Eccles, 70, 69, T10

"I definitely had a lot of chances out there. I limped in at the end but pretty happy with my round in the finish."

"Finishing with a birdie on the last makes up for those two dropped shots."

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