Overnight leader John Boulton has bolted into the lead at the ADH Club Car WA PGA Trainee Championship with a 17-under total through 54 holes.
Perth presented an early summers day for the second and third round of the Championship at Wembley Golf Course with the temperature hitting 33 degrees.
Sitting pretty as joint leader, Boulton vowed overnight to bounce out of the blocks in round two with another great round and he did exactly that.
Shooting the low round of the morning, a bogey-free 6-under par 66, Boulton moved to outright leader by 9 and on an 11-under par total to erase his memory of last year’s Championship where he also lead through round one and was unable to follow up with the same great play.
Just three players finished on par or better through the second round, while Ethan Andrews was unable to continue his form from round one.
The WA Trainee Order of Merit leader posted a disappointing 3-over par 75 for a 2-under two-round total while WA’s Luke Gerrard sat in solo third place on even par.
After a brief lunch and rest the Trainees were back out of for round 3 of the Championship.
Last year’s winner Dale Howie and Royal Perth’s first-year trainee Jeong WooHa posted two superb rounds of 5-under par 67, seeing Howie move into a tie for fourth place alongside Luke Gerrard and Ha into outright second for the tournament on 4-under par.
The day belonged to Boulton, however, who shot a second successive 6-under 66 and bumped his lead to 13 with one day to play.
Boulton said keeping it simple was the key to his low scores.
“I’m trying not to get ahead of myself and just play each hole as it comes,” Boulton said.
“It was a long day and I’ll definitely be resting up tonight before heading out tomorrow with the same focus.”
Tomorrow’s final round will commence at 7.20am follow all the action on live scoring at www.pga.org.au.
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