Manawatu’s Lachie McDonald will take a two-shot lead going into the weekend at the inaugural DVS Pegasus Open at the Pegasus Golf Club.

McDonald fired a second consecutive five-under 67 to take control of the tournament at 10-under par. He leads Brad Shilton and James Anstiss by two going into moving day.

Starting on the 10th hole, he opened with a birdie to keep the momentum going from round one. He’d add a further two to his tally on 13 and 17 to go out in three-under par.

McDonald picked up a further two shots on the back nine on the fourth and ninth to take the club house lead with the afternoon field still to play.

“Today was nothing amazing really. I holed a few putts and I’m just letting everything happen. Just going about my business,” said the Manawatu professional.

McDonald says that his game plan will remain much the same over the weekend.

“I’m pretty set in what I’m doing out there, so the game plan won’t change too much. Just trying to keep level head and carry on as I am. Hopefully the weather doesn’t play too much of a part this weekend.”

Also playing in the morning was Jennian Homes Charles Tour veteran Brad Shilton. He’s made a happy return to Pegasus Golf Club, shooting a six-under second round to leap into contention.

“I’m surprised to be up here to be honest, but I’m really stoked at the same time. I had a lot of fun out there,” said a smiling Shilton.

The Auckland based professional will try and keep the same mind set going into the weekend.

“I putted really nicely out there, and I hit some nice shots towards the end. My ball striking was a little scratchy for the most part, but I got it together at the finish which was great. The putter behaved itself the whole day though, so I’m really pleased.

“I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing. My first goal was to make the weekend to be quite honest, and I’ve exceeded expectations there. But who knows what might happen, I’ll probably start to over think it. I’ve just got to keep myself in check and keep doing what I’m doing,” Shilton said.

Joining Shilton at eight-under par is two-time Jennian Homes Charles Tour winner, James Anstiss. Like Shilton, he also shot a second round of six-under, after finishing the back nine with a birdie blitz.

Anstiss only made one par on his back nine. He mixed six birdies with two bogeys to finish with a closing nine of four-under.

“It was nice to see a few putts drop and make a few birdies, it was an awesome day out there,” Anstiss said.

After winning the Harewood Open last year, Anstiss isn’t quite sure if he’s the defending champion this week.

“I guess I’m kind of defending my title despite it being a new name and venue. It’d be awesome to get it done. I like the course, I played well in the PGA here earlier in the year.

“I’m still going to go out tomorrow and attach some pins, so we’ll see what happens,” said Anstiss.

Play gets underway from 8.30am tomorrow, with the top 60 players making the cut at nine-over after two rounds.



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