Hendry surges ahead in the Manawatu.


Mike Henry again showed his class and enhanced his chances of another Charles Tour title by shooting a second consecutive 64 at the Lawnmaster Classic in Palmerston North today.

After firing 64 in breezy conditions in round one, Hendry was greeted with benign conditions this morning and promptly took advantage to put some space between himself and the chasing pack.

Starting on the tenth hole Hendry began with birdies on the 12th and 14th to quickly move to ten under par for the tournament. Further bridies followed at the 17th, 18th,3rd, 5th, 6th and 9th . There were no blemishes on the scorecard his bogey free round.

Josh Geary in the group behind could only watch as Hendry extended his lead. While Geary’s second five under par 67 was impressive, remarkably it saw him loose ground on Hendry and he is now six shots behind Hendry and will be in catch up mode over the weekend.

Playing in the more difficult afternoon condition’s Tae Koh from the Manukau Golf Club stumbled out of the blocks to bogey his first two holes and fall nine shots behind Hendry. The young Australian Amateur winner composed himself though reeling off eight birdies against a single dropped shot to charge up the leader board and loom as Hendry’s closest challenger, albeit four strokes adrift.

While the three at the top have distanced themselves from the rest of the field the best of the rest is Brad Hayward on eight under followed by Daniel Hillier, Josh Munn and Troy Ropiha at seven under par. Two of the pre-tournament favourites Nick Gillespie and Mark Brown had contrasting days. While Gillespie recovered from an opening round even par 72 with a five under par 65, Mark Brown couldn’t improve on his overnight 68 in a frustrating even par round. Both players will have to play aggressive golf over the weekend if they are to mount a serious challenge.

In the Women’s field things are a lot tighter with ten players within 4 shots of the lead. Wenyung Keh (Pakuranga Golf Club) and Holly Winter (Fitzroy Golf Club) made the biggest moves today to edge the rest of the field by a single stroke. Keh’s four under par 70 included an eagle, five birdies and three bogeys, while Winter had six birdies and two bogeys to register the same score. Julianne Alvarez and Munchin Keh loom as the biggest threats on the weekend though, both lying at three under par.

Photo Caption One : Mike Hendry leads the Lawnmaster Classic
Photo Caption Two : Tae Koh looms as Hendry’s closest challenger

Scores Round Two Men’s Lawnmaster Classic (Par 72)

128 Michael Hendry (P) 64 64
132 Tae Koh (Manukau) 65 67
134 Josh Geary (P) 67 67
136 Brad Hayward (P) 67 69
137 Daniel Hillier (Manor Park) 69 68, Troy Ropiha (P) 69 68 Joshua Munn (Manawatu) 68 69
138 Vaughan McCall (Gore) 69 69, Lachie McDonald (Marton) 69 69, Nick Coxon (Narrows) 68 70, Kieran Muir (P) 6771
139 Nick Gillespie (P) 72 67, Dominic Barson (P) 71 68, Sam An (P) 70 69, Brad Shilton (P) 69 70
140 Josh Sedgwick (Manawatu) 73 67, Denzel Ieremia (St. Andrews of Hamilton (Hamilton)) 73 67, Peter Lee (P) 69 71, Mark Brown (P) 68 72
141 Henry Spring (Whakatane) 72 69, Cameron Grant (Ashburton) 72 69, Mark Purser (P) 71 70, Ryan Chisnall (Greenacres) 71 70, Dylan Higgins (P, Australia) 70 71., Harry Bateman (P) 69 72, Daniel Graham (Lochiel) 69 72, Luke Toomey (Lochiel) 69 72, Dongwoo Kang (P, South Korea) 68 73

Scores Round Two Women’s Lawnmaster Classic (Par 74)

143 Wenyung Keh (Pakuranga) 73 70, Holly Winter (Fitzroy) 73 70
144 Brydie Hodge (Levin Inc.) 73 71, Alanna Campbell (Omanu) 72 72
145 Munchin Keh (Titirangi) 74 71, Bohyun Vyan Park (Gulf Harbour Country Club) 73 72, Julianne Alvarez (Manor Park) 71 74
146 Catherine Bell (Christchurch) 74 72
147 Grace Senior (Wairakei International Golf Course) 75 72
148 Ela Grimwood (Gulf Harbour Country Club) 75 73



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