NZ STROKE PLAY: TOOMEY JUMPS INTO A SHARE OF THE LEAD AT PARAPARAUMU

22/03/2013

Waikato amateur Luke Toomey was the big mover on day two of the New Zealand Stroke Play Championship in fine and hot conditions at the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club today.

 

The 20-year-old from the Hamilton Golf Club, who finished runner-up to Grant Moorhead by a shot at the LawnMaster Classic on the Charles Tour in February, continued his rich vein of form with a six under par 65 to jump into a share of the lead with former Wellington rep Thomas Brockelsby.

Toomey carded a bogey free round – the low round of the tournament that included six birdies – as he climbed 19 places and into contention for his first senior national title.  

The former New Zealand Under 17 champion is keen to catch the attention of the national selectors in 2013 and his hot form is certainly turning some heads.

“It is nice to have a low one early on in the tournament,” said Toomey. “You can’t win it in the first two days of the tournament but you can certainly play your way out of it. It was nice to keep up with some of the lads who played well yesterday.”

Auckland rep Nick Voke (68, 69) and North Harbour golfer Cameron Jones (68, 69) are in a share of third place and Rotoura’s Victor Janin climbed 19 places into fifth after a four under par 67 in the second round.

But the main talking point was Toomey. The Waikato rep, who recently claimed the Brian Perry Classic Junior title at his home club, enjoyed the benign conditions on the Kapiti Coast.  

“I don’t want to say it was easy but I have played this course in a hurricane before and compared to that it is like a country nine hole course. You have got to make the most of these conditions and I am glad I did that.”

He is feeling more confident in his ability after his impressive performance at Manawatu.

“I have always been confident in my own game but I guess its reassurance that I can shoot low scores as well. Yesterday I didn’t have that confidence. I dawdled about all day. I was too indecisive. I took too long over the ball and I thought too much about the shot. I am staying with David Feeney and he gave me a good kick up the bum last night and he said “C’mon you are better than that.” I took some confidence from what I did in Manawatu.”

“This year I want to earn my way into that national squad. A few more scores like these and I will get close. I have had my fair share of last groups last year and I had so many top five finishes. This year for me is all about making the next jump up and putting a few more ‘W’s’ next to my name.”

Meanwhile Brockelsby had to settle for a one under par 70 in round two after a five under par 66 in round one.

“It was a bit of a struggle today,” said the 22-year-old.

“I wasn’t quite striking it how I wanted to but I managed to grind out a score. I finished with a nice birdie on the 18thso that gave me a nice feeling to finish off the round.”

The Waikato rep, who was player of the tournament for Wellington when they won the 2010 Toro Interprovincial, knows that he can play solid over four days at Paraparaumu.

“I take a lot of confidence from that week here. I know that I can string good rounds together here. It is just a matter of keeping the belief and believing in what I am doing.”

Apart from being part of winning teams Brockelsby hasn’t won on the national scene. He was fourth at the NZ Stroke Play at Russley when Ryan Fox won in 2011. 

“I was talking about that last night with my coach Reon [Sayer] that I want to aim for a win this year so that is the goal obviously to get my maiden national win especially on this stage and at this course where I have so much history that would be quite fitting.”

The main interest is at the top of the leaderboard where two players, who are yet to win a senior national title, have a great chance of breaking through at the world –class links of Paraparaumu Beach.

 

 

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