Queenslander Anthony Quayle has come out firing in the second round of the Oates Vic Open.
Queenslander Anthony Quayle came out firing in the second round of the Oates Vic Open and will take a one shot lead into the weekend.
Playing the beach course and starting on the 10th hole this morning, Quayle opened with a birdie before making the turn at 3-under the card courtesy of an eagle on the par-5 18th hole.
“The highlight of the day would probably be my eagle on 18,” said Quayle.
“I hit a really good tee shot and then a four iron into about 30 feet and holed it for eagle.”
On the front-9 everything looked to be going Quayle’s way as he scored four consecutive birdies before a double bogey from nowhere put an end to his run.
Unperturbed, Quayle made three solid pars to finish his round, shooting 6-under 66 placing him on top of the leaderboard with a two round total of 9-under the card.
“Honestly, I was playing pretty nicely and just misjudged the wind a little bit for my second shot and just pulled it a little bit,” added Quayle.
“I ended up in a pretty ordinary position and backed it up with another mistake. But apart from that it was still a pretty solid round and I finished pretty nicely.
“As much as you want to get frustrated after making mistakes like that and putting a pretty serious dent in your round, you need to try and get over it. I feel like I did a pretty good job of that.”
Competing on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia as a Professional for the second year, Quayle has emerged as a young talent to watch with many tipping a win is just around the corner for the 23-year-old.
Quayle recorded three top-10 finishes in 2017, was inside the top-10 for the first three rounds of the Australian Open before finishing in a tie for 19th and then secured his Japan Tour card for 2018.
“I feel like I've had a few pretty solid rounds in big events now and big moments. I think this just keeps reiterating to myself that I can play well in those situations and in pretty good fields.
“I take confidence from it every time I can shoot that sort of score and you get that low throughout the round.”
Sitting one shot behind Quayle is Victorian Peter Wilson who fired 1-under 71 this morning while New South Welshman Nick Flanagan joins him courtesy of two rounds of 4-under 68.
“I just hit it really good to start the day. I had a bunch of short putts for birdie and other than that it was just pretty solid tee to green really,” said Flanagan.
“I only made one big mistake and made about a 20 foot putt for bogey on that hole so that was a big momentum kind of keeper.”
New South Welshman Jordan Zunic, Queenslander Taylor Macdonald and New Zealander Nick Voke are all tied fourth on 7-under the card after two rounds.
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