Although it’s the first golf tournament he has played in a long while, Ryan Chisnall knows all to well what it’s like being in the mix at a Jennian Homes Charles Tour event.

Chisnall has fired a stellar round of five-under in blustery conditions at the Autex Muriwai Open to take a three-shot lead going into the weekend at Muriwai Golf Club.

He sits comfortably up the top of the leaderboard at nine-under for the tournament. He says being patient and managing his way around the links at Muriwai was key to his round.

“I’m really happy with today. The conditions were pretty brutal out there. Managing the gusts was the hardest thing and I made sure I was taking my time and not hitting when the wind was swirling. It was a solid round of golf,” he says.

Chisnall will be calling on his previous experiences of being up the top of the leaderboard over the weekend. He’s had numerous top-10 finishes on the tour and has a victory to his name at the Harewood Open in 2014.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve played a golf tournament let alone been in this position so I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and have as much fun as I can. That’s been the motto for the first couple of days, so we’ll see what happens, I’m looking forward to being in the mix,” he explains.

Aside from the trophy, the most sought-after prize is the years supply of Asahi that is awarded tot the low round of the tournament. Chisnall says that was at the forefront of his mind late in the round.

“I’m pretty happy about the 67. I would have liked to have holed that putt on the last and I knew it was for the low round but I’m happy to tie it with Cam for sure.”

Three-shots back of Chisnall lies Jordan Loof, Josh Geary, and James Hydes at six-under for the event.

Loof was the clubhouse leader for most of the day having teed off in the morning field.

He says the wind played havoc out there today and was happy to get in the clubhouse early.

“If you were to look in the dictionary for the definition of a grind that would be it.

“I’m not too sure how I came away with that score today, I just hung in there and took the most out of the opportunities that came my way and I scrambled like crazy,” he says.

Loof believes the weather will be a big factor this weekend and is looking forward to the challenge.

“The weather doesn’t look too flash so it could be one of those events where people are just trying to hang on and making as few mistakes as possible. I think that’s key this week.

“The weather could very well dictate what happens this weekend,” Loof says.

Grace Rokela made waves around the course late in the afternoon with a hole in one on the eighth hole.

Play gets underway for round three at 8.30 tomorrow morning.



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    2 Kobori, Kazuma 134.84
    3 Thompson, Mako 110.28
    4 Zheng, Jimmy 94.89
    5 Jones, Samuel 93.31
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    2 Kobori, Momoka 159.50
    3 Xu, Fiona 128.24
    4 Son, Yeonsoo 96.58
    5 Lu, Vivian 91.25