Mt Maunganui teenager Brad Kendall fired a second successive three-under 69 to grab the lead midway through the strokeplay at the Lion Foundation New Zealand Amateur Golf Championships in Hawkes Bay today.

Kendall, son of former international Owen Kendall, fought back from an opening double bogey with eight birdies in his round at Bridge Pa.

He has a two-shot advantage over first round leaders Ben Wallace (Royal Auckland) and Mat Perry (Hamilton) who were joined by Gary-John Hill (Titirangi) in a share of second place on four-under par 140.

They in turn have two shots on a gaggle of chasers including under-19 national champion Duncan Croudis (Otago) who shared the low-round of five-under 67 with Waitemata’s Kevin Budden.

The winds were again blustery although less challenging than on the opening day, with some pressure coming on defending champion Matt Jager (Australia) who is in a share of 19th place on one-over after an even par 72 today, while international Ryan Fox is in a tie for 32nd on five-over and will need to move forward tomorrow if he is to secure a spot in the top 32 for matchplay.

Wallace struggled today but birdied his last three holes for a one over 73, while Hill mixed four birdies with three dropped shots in his 71.

Meanwhile Japan’s Eri Joma shot a five-under par 68 to claim the lead in the women’s strokeplay at nearby Napier Golf Club.

The promising junior player was nine shots better than her first round 77, with five birdies in her round.

She has a one shot lead over international Caroline Bon (Northland) who fired a second successive even par 73.  She made a fast start but ended up with four birdies and four dropped shots.

Defending strokeplay champion Zoe Brake is a further shot back in a share of third place with first round leader Caryn Khoo (Pakuranga). Brake was three-under after three holes and despite making five birdies, she gave up five bogeys as well.

Defending amateur champion Cecilia Cho moved to a share of fifth place on three-over after an even-par 73, while fellow international Lydia Ko is in a share of 11th on seven-over.

The women play two rounds tomorrow to complete the strokeplay championship before the top 32 players move on to the matchplay phase, moving to Bridge Pa starting on Sunday.

MEN: Leading scores after round 2, Hastings GC, par 72:
138 Brad Kendall (Mt Maunganui) 69 69
140 Mathew Perry (Hamilton) 67 73, Ben Wallace (Royal Auckland) 67 73, Gary-John Hill (Titirangi) 69 71
142 Duncan Croudis (Otago) 75 67, Mark O’Malley (Ashburton) 73 69, Aaron Leech (Royal Wellington) 73 69, Tane Robson (Cambridge) 72 70, Kevin Budden (Waitemata) 75 67, Blair Riordan (Takaka) 71 71
143 Tyler Hodge (Levin) 70 73, Pieter Zwart (Waipukurau) 71 72, Fraser Wilkin (Royal Auckland) 72 71

WOMEN: Leading scores after round 2, Napier GC, par 73:

145 Eri Joma (Japan) 77 68
146 Caroline Bon (Northland) 73 73
147 Zoe Brake (Whakatane) 74 73, Caryn Khoo (Pakuranga) 70 77
149 Lovelynn Mary Guiogui (Philippines) 73 76, Cecilia Cho (Pakuranga) 76 73
150 Emily Eng (Remuera) 76 74
151 Kristin Farrell (Titirangi) 75 76
152 Kate Chadwick (Napier) 74 78, Ye Song Park (North Shore) 74 78
153 Lydia Ko (North Shore) 79 74, Saini Skudder (Rotorua) 79 74




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