VOKE BATTLES ON TO LEAD INAUGURAL BRIAN GREEN PROPERTY GROUP NZ SUPER 6’S

6/03/2020

Nick Voke continues to make his name known as he takes a sizeable lead going into day three of the inaugural Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Super 6’s at Manawatu Golf Club.

The rising star fired a second round of four-under par to get to 10-under for the tournament and hold a four-shot lead over former New Zealand teammate Luke Toomey.

Despite shooting a four-under round this afternoon, he says it wasn’t a clean-cut round like yesterday morning. He made another seven birdies to take his tally up to 14 for the tournament but added a bogey and a double bogey to his scorecard today.

He says course is penal when you hit the ball astray.

“It’s exciting to be in the lead but it was a liquorice all sorts out there for me today. I made a few sloppy mistakes and got penalised when I hit bad shots. I made some birdies out there today which helped.

“I didn’t drive it as well as I did in round one, but the flat stick behaved itself once again. All-in-all, the 67 could have been a 70, but I’ll the take 67,” Voke says.

The Auckland professional says the goal of making the top eight to progress automatically through to the second round on Sunday hasn’t changed and looks forward to getting out there tomorrow and hitting some good shots again.

“I think I’m a lot more relaxed than I’d usually be with the format the way it is heading into tomorrow. The goal hasn’t changed and hopefully I’ve given myself enough of a buffer to be inside that number.

“And some exciting news if things stay the way they are is that I might be playing with Tooms [Luke Toomey] tomorrow so there will be a few long drive comps and a few dad jokes so I’m looking forward to that,” laughs Voke.

The two former teammates and China Tour members will be paired together in the last group of tomorrow’s third round alongside Trevor Marshall.

Toomey carded a second round of four-under to remain in touching distance of the leader and hopes to keep the mistakes off the scorecard tomorrow.

“It was a solid day out there, I’m playing nicely. There were too many bogeys on the scorecard, and I made a few silly errors and I feel like I could have saved myself another one or two shots.

“I’m rolling the putter really nicely which is nice because it’s been a while. It was nice to see the ball go in outside of 10-feet on occasion today,” says Toomey.

The two-time Jennian Homes Charles Tour winner has gone back to a style of putter that served him well growing up and is loving seeing the ball roll end-over-end.

“I’m back to the love of my life; the blade style putter. I’ve used one all of my life and changed about two years ago. We’ve since sorted out our differences and now we’re back together again,” Toomey says with a smile.

He says going into moving day tomorrow adds a different dynamic to your traditional third day of a golf tournament.

“It does become a little bit more about not making mistakes. It’s one thing to go and win it but the key thing getting yourself in the top eight to ensure a bye first thing on Sunday where there will be some stiff competition,” he says.

The leading female and amateur remains 13-year-old Jeong Hyun Lee from South Korea.

She carded a round of one-over par this afternoon and says it was a frustrating day.

“I didn’t drive it as well today, and I had to chip out from the trees which meant I made a few bogeys. I also missed a few short putts, so it wasn’t an easy day out there,” explains Lee.

She isn’t a stranger to New Zealand as she’s come here each year since she was nine years old play New Zealand golf courses. However, the new Super 6’s format is something completely new to her as well as playing with males, which is something she’s enjoying.

“I learned a lot from them yesterday and I did the same today,” she says.

The top 60 players made the cut for Saturday which gets underway at 8.35am.

 

    OOM LEADERBOARD

    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Lee, Jang Hyun 165.33
    2 Smail, Charlie 82.67
    3 Jones, Samuel 82.00
    4 Kobori, Kazuma 66.67
    4 Zheng, Jimmy 66.67
    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Son, Yeonsoo 117.08
    2 Kang, Sumin 104.40
    3 Chung, Darae 100.00
    4 Im, Amy 61.07
    5 Ju, Angela 60.00