Luke Toomey has a rare opportunity to become the fourth person in history to win back-to-back Jennian Homes Charles Tour titles at the Carrus Open.

Toomey leads the tournament at Tauranga Golf Club by two shots after firing another incredible round of eight-under par to take control of the championship.

Having won last week at the DVS Pegasus Open, Toomey is relishing the opportunity to go back-to-back for the first time in his professional career and win the elusive Carrus Open on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour at his home course.

“It’s really energising seeing all the members out here supporting. It’s nice to be in a position where they can come out and watch and see me play some great golf.

“I love giving them the odd wave or grin and hearing them give me the odd cheer fuels me with energy. It’s a double-edged sword at times, it’s great seeing them out here but at the same time I have to make sure my feet are firmly on the ground and I’m not getting too far ahead of myself,” said an excited Toomey.

He’s well aware that the tournament isn’t over yet. He holds a two-shot lead over Auckland professional and overnight leader Fraser Wilkin.

“Someone can shoot a 59 or 58 in a heartbeat out here. I’ve got to keep making good decisions and keep executing my shots, then we’ll count them up at the end,” Toomey said.

Overnight leader Wilkin began the day with a one-stroke lead. However, after a tough start to his round on moving day, he quickly found himself behind the eight ball.

Wilkin rallied his way back into contention with two amazing chip in’s on the seventh and 14th holes, and despite not bringing his best stuff today, he’s right in the mix come the last round tomorrow after a third consecutive round of five-under.

“I didn’t play that well at all really. I got of to a rough start being one-over through the opening three holes which are all very good birdie chances.

“I got myself back into the round with chip in’s on the seventh and the 14th so I could’ve scored much worse. But overall there is work to be done tomorrow,” said a frustrated Wilkin.

The Auckland professional is searching for his third win on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour, and is excited at another opportunity to get it done tomorrow.

“As much as I feel I didn’t play well I know I wasn’t far off either. I just need to hit a few more fairways tomorrow which I guess was the difference today.

“If I was to win tomorrow it’d be great. I feel like I’ve been playing well for a little while now, the swings improved a lot.

“I’m about to head up to China for a couple of events so it’d be great to head up there with a lot of confidence in what I’m doing. I’m looking forward to playing in a pressure situation and seeing how my game holds up,” Wilkin said.

Daniel Pearce is one shot further back of Wilkin at 14-under, with NZPGA champion Kazuma Kobori nipping at his heels at 13-under.

Defending champion Kerry Mountcastle is also lurking at 12-under and in second place in the amateur standings behind Kobori.

Play gets underway tomorrow at 8.30am.


    1 Lee, Jang Hyun 141.71
    2 Smail, Charlie 70.86
    3 Jones, Samuel 70.29
    4 Kobori, Kazuma 57.14
    4 Zheng, Jimmy 57.14
    1 Son, Yeonsoo 86.85
    2 Chung, Darae 73.47
    3 Kang, Sumin 69.60
    4 Im, Amy 59.69
    5 Raj, Tara 54.49