Andre Stolz roared late but still loud enough to shake up the script for tomorrow’s finale to the New South Wales Senior Open.
Stolz had his revered putting stroke in train, rolling in seven birdies without a blemish late on day two to roar from one to eight under with a scintillating 65 at Thurgoona Country Club in Albury.
It set him up for a final-round showdown with Jason Norris who earlier matched the New South Welshman’s pace with his own 65 to lead alone at 10 under.
They’ll be joined in the final group tomorrow by Melburnian John Wade, who was far less spectacular in carding a 71, but effective enough to finsh in a share of third at seven under.
His fellow Victorian and joint first-round leader Euan Walters followed suit courtesy of a closing birdie to reach seven under.
And he’ll share the second-last group tomorrow with Richard Green (71) and Steve Conran (70) who both finished at six under.
Terry Price, Peter Jones and Scott Laycock are knotted at five under to figure in the third last group, with Peter O’Malley (69) the best of the remaining contenders at three under.
The cut fell at four over par and 54 players will contend tomorrow’s final round from 8.20am, with the final group off at 10am.
12.20pm: Norris Turns Up The Heat With Back Nine Blitz
Jason Norris turned up the back-nine heat this morning to spread the NSW Senior Open field at Thurgoona.
With no sign of what lay ahead, Norris turned in one under after starting the second round at three under.
But the Queensland-based South Australian made birdies at 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 another at 17 and missed a short one on the home hole to card a 65 and vault four clear at 10 under in total.
Of the joint overnight leaders at six under, Melbourne’s John Wade played a steady round of 71 with just two birdies to rise to seven under and outright second place.
Sydneysider Neil Sarkies slid several rungs after some key errors on par-threes early in his round led to an 80, while Melbourne’s Euan Walters, playing in the afternoon phase, has endured an early bogey to also stumble to a share of fourth.
Former Australian Masters champion Richard Green looked as though he’d join Norris in a battle for the top, but a couple of late bogeys curtailed his progress and his 71 left him at six under.
Among the other big names to have completed their second rounds, Peter O’Malley signed for a 69 to reach four under, Mike Harwood a 70 to join him and Peter Senior had no luck with the putter to card a 73 to sit two over.
The top 50 professionals and ties make the cut later this afternoon before tomorrow’s final round.
10.00am All Green as Richard Grabs Share of Lead
Might have been a little quiet by his lofty standards, but Richard Green has made the turn tied for the lead here at the NSW Senior Open.
Although only converting one birdie chance on the front nine, The former Aussie Masters Champion remains blemish-free to sit alongside leader Euan Walters.
Overnight co-leaders, Joh n Wade and Neil Sarkies haven’t fared as well as they would have hoped, Wade is still even for the day, while Sarkies has struggled and is five over for the day.
8.10am: Norris Makes Early Move
2007 NSW Open Champion Jason Norris is the man making an early move here on day two at Thurgoona Golf and Country Club resort; the Queensland-based South Aussie moving to within a shot of the lead at five under through six holes.
Two of the overnight Co leaders, Neil Sarkies and John Wade are also out on the course. Wade was one of the few players to keep his card blemish free on the opening day, while Sarkies had a bit of whirlwind on the way to his six under par effort.
Former Australian Master Champion, Richard Green is also on course, and playing steadily at five under.
the weather gods look to be playing a bit fairer than they did on the opening day, however a brisk breeze with a bit of chill in it will make things interesting as the day unfolds.