Dylan Perry fired a superb 6-under 66 in very challenging conditions for the second round of the final stage of ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia Qualifying School presented by Cobra Puma Golf.
Melbourne turned on the weather it is synonymous with today as heavy rains soaked the open course at Moonah Links necessitating two lengthy delays in play which added to the pressure cooker Q-School environment.
However, Perry, remained calm as he reeled off seven birdies and a bogey on his way to shooting 6-under the card.
“It was an interesting day; we teed off at 8.40am and had only played five holes in five hours. There were a couple of rain delays with some interesting weather making it pretty difficult out there this morning,” said Perry.
“I was travelling well this morning and was 2-under before both the breaks. Then the weather was kind to us this afternoon, which is typical of Melbourne. So I am very stoked.”
Perry adding the highlight of his round was a birdie on the par-4 11th, “I chipped in on my 11th hole of the day. I didn’t hit a great shot in but then chipped in from the left side of the green. I guess it started some momentum for me towards the end of the back-9.”
Following a successful amateur career which was highlighted by a runner-up result at The British Amateur Championship in 2017, Perry took the plunge and turned professional at the NSW Open last month finishing third.
He then endured four stages of Qualifying School to secure status on the Japan Tour just last week before coming to Moonah Links hoping to do the same on his home Tour.
“I am very excited to get my career underway. I am just trying to keep building as a golfer and moving forward,” added Perry.
“I just got back from Japan after getting my card last week. It has been a busy few months but I am excited for next year.
“It’s good to know that I have a job for next year. It is pretty tough in Japan and I am only guaranteed five or six main Tour starts before the re-rank.
“Hopefully I can have a good week this week so I can play some big events in February and March in Australia before I head to Japan.”
Perry joins a wave of young Australian talent taking on the world which includes good mate and fellow Japan Tour pro Anthony Quayle, Brett Coletta who just earned Web.com Tour status, Lucas Herbert and Deyen Lawson who will play the European Tour in 2019 as well as Cameron Davis and Curtis Luck who will be PGA TOUR members for the first time next year.
While the rising stars are blazing a bright trail, Nathan Green, who has tread that path before them, is in a good position to claim status on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia after shooting 1-under 71 in round two to join Perry at the top of the leaderboard on 6-under 66.
“It was tough early. I didn’t play very well at all; especially in the middle of the round I hit it terribly. I made a few bogeys but I was able to birdie the last three holes once the conditions calmed down. I was happy to come home well,” said Green who will look to add some tournament golf to his coaching schedule in 2019.
“I saw that Dylan had 6-under today which is a great score, he is a great player. I will need to improve a bit if I am going to challenge him over the next two rounds.”
At 5-under the card, Martin Dive is third on the leaderboard after shooting 4-under 68 in the second round.
Rounding out the top-5 are Ruben Sondjaja and Dale Williamson.
The top-40 players following the four round final stage of qualifying school will earn cards for the 2019 ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia. That mark currently sits at 5-over the card.
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