West Australian Jason Scrivener and New South Welshman Nick Flanagan are tied for the lead at the ISPS HANDA Vic Open at 14-under par.
After firing 10-under the card in the first round overnight leader, Nick Flanagan put together a steady round of 68 late in the day to maintain his share of the top spot.
“I'm probably happier with today's round considering it was backing up that 62 and it could have been anything today,” said Flanagan.
“I probably could have been a couple better, but I had my fair share of long putts and good breaks so far the first two days.”
Flanagan’s positive mindset has translated on the scorecard at 13th Beach Golf Links as he continues his comeback from an injury plagued few years.
“The thing I'm kind of working on at the moment is just really being kind of happy with the effort I'm making on every shot and not worrying about result,” he continued.
“Its cliché, but it works. So my goal is to really get to the end of a round and be happy between the ears with what I've done and if it's a 74 or a 64, it doesn't really matter, that's the goal for the weekend.”
Playing in the morning field, Scrivener fired a blemish free 6-under 66 to ensure his name was at the top of the leaderboard.
“It’s been two solid days' work,” said Scrivener, whose strong form has been evident early this season with three top-10 finishes from just four starts.
“It’s just patience really, I think knowing there's a lot of birdies out there helps.
“If you try to rush them, you can make mistakes, so just plodding your way around and being smart about it.
“I can't really fault it really; I played nicely, so I’m looking forward to the weekend.
Eight birdies and two bogeys saw Wade Ormsby to 6-under 66 on the creek course, but it is the positives that he’ll take from his 36-holes of play so far.
“I think you've got to look at the positives,” said Ormsby after toughing it out on the last five holes of the creek course.
“It just played a bit tougher towards the end.
“I hit a good shot and went through the back of a green and left myself a little tricky shot; just hit into the part of the green that was very tricky so that too was kind of one of the bogeys that was weak if you know what I mean.
“I had a nice up and down on the last so that definitely made me feel a bit better after the last five holes.
With a strong round of 7-under 65 on day one, Ormsby believes his play is up to scratch on the all-important beach course ahead of the weekend.
“Scoring's good, but there's a lot of good players out here, the parameters are getting a lot tighter and guys are getting better all the way through,” continued Ormsby.
“You've got to stay on your game.”
Matt Jager and Brad Kennedy are tied for fourth place on 12-under the card. While Scotsman David Law, France’s Clement Sordet and South Australian Nick Cullen are tied for sixth place on 11-under.
Rounding out the top-10 on 10-under the card is a group seven players including former Vic Open champion Matt Griffin and Victorian favourite Lucas Herbert.
The second round cut was made at 5-under the card with 77 professionals and three amateurs making the third round.
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