Canterbury golfer Oscar Cadenhead has never won a national title but you would never have guessed it watching him in the opening two rounds of the North Island Stroke Play at the Poverty Bay Golf Club.


The Clearwater Golf Club member, who opened with a superb six under par 66 on day one, carded a four under par 68 in round two to get to a 10 under par total and earn a three shot lead from Bay of Plenty Golfer Peter Lee

who has shot rounds of 69 and 68 to be seven under par.


New Zealand Stroke Play Champion Cameron Jones and Auckland’s Nick Voke are one shot further back on six under par and Auckland rep Sam An is fifth on five under par. 


Cadenhead credited his short game for his fine stretch of scoring on the links of Poverty Bay.


“The lob wedge is coming into play a bit this week,” said the 18-year-old.


“It is all that I practiced really ahead of this tournament and it is working well so far. I am happy with how I am playing and making a few putts.


He said he didn’t know what he liked about the Poverty Bay Golf Club but it suits his eye.


“You can spray it a bit [off the tee] which helps me a bit and the greens are running at a nice pace.”


Cadenhead believed his form in this event has been a result of playing more around the country.


“I am a bit more consistent than I was a few years ago and that has come from playing a lot more of the national events. I thought I would hang around and play the Taranaki Open next week so hopefully I can carry this form on.”


He is a rookie in this position but he knows there is a long way to go and with quality players like Lee, Jones and Voke chasing him down he needs to keep attacking.


“I am just going to go out there and have fun. I don’t have any expectations really. We’ll just see what happens.”


New Zealand rep An was pleased with his comeback in round two that saw him card a four under par 68 and climb 10 places on the leaderboard.


“I wasn’t hitting my driver too straight yesterday so I worked on that,” said the 19-year-old from the Titirangi Golf Club. “I still got away with a couple but in general I hit the ball a lot better and hit more fairways I scored better as well.


The former NZ Under 19 champion is excited by the chance of contending for another national title.


“At the end of the day it is just another game of golf. I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself and I want to keep on playing.”





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