EDWARDS LEADS AFTER HISTORY MAKING DAY AT NEW ZEALAND STROKEPLAY

13/03/2020

Auckland amateur Jared Edwards has come out on top of the New Zealand Men’s Strokeplay leaderboard after a history-making day two at Hastings Golf Club.

He fired a second round of four-under to take a one-shot lead going into the weekend at seven-under par for the tournament. He leads NZPGA Champion Kazuma Kobori and Charlie Smail who etched his name in history with a course record equalling 63.

Edwards still has his nose out in front and believes his best golf is yet to come.

“Today was great. I didn’t hit it as well and it was a bit scrappy, but I managed to make it through the round with just the one blemish. I’m happy with the round,” Edwards says.

Starting on the 10th hole he began his second round with five straight pars before picking up a birdie on 15 and another on 17. He’d drop a shot on the 18th before picking up another three birdies on the first, third, and seventh holes.

Edwards says he’s been working hard to put himself in these sorts of positions and will enjoy being the one to catch tomorrow.

“If you had told me this at the start of the week, I would’ve thought I would be somewhere on the leaderboard sniffing around but we’ll see what happens tomorrow.

“I’m just going to go out and have fun. My coach and I have been talking about going out and playing as though I was 12 years old again, so we’ll go into tomorrow with that approach.

“I love playing here and have a lot of good memories from events we’ve had in the past, so I’ll draw on those moments over the weekend,” he says.

He’ll need to hold off Charlie Smail who is one of the in-form players in the country. He finished in third place at last week’s Super 6’s on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour event and has carried his form over today with another scintillating round of golf.

He says his good form has been a while coming.

“I got off to a great start, I think I was four-under through six and I thought I could have something special today. I bogeyed the 18th [his ninth] and went back to three-under but I really got it going on the back nine,” he says.

Smail rattled off a birdie at the first, and then went on a tear making five birdies in a row from the third to the seventh.

The Waikato golfer says his opening round of three-over 75 felt very close to a round like today.

“I actually didn’t play to dissimilar to yesterday, I just putted woefully and got a few bad breaks but today was a lot better. I think that was my best round.

“I knew I had the game there; I’ve been playing really well for a couple of weeks now so I knew I could do it,” says Smail.

He won the New Zealand Amateur Championship in 2018 and will be looking to add his name to another piece of New Zealand Golf silverware.

“It’d be pretty cool to win both of them. It’d be special to be able to do it at a course I’ve played lots at before. I really like it so that’d be great,” he says.

Play gets underway tomorrow at 7.45am. 
 

    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