Aylen takes control at Vic/Tas Associate Champs

Lachlan Aylen has taken a four shot lead at the halfway mark of the 2021 Vic/Tas PGA Associate Championship at Tocumwal Golf and Bowls Club.

The Year 2 PGA Associate from the Eynesbury Golf & Homestead followed his round of 65 on Tuesday with a 6-under 66 on Wednesday around the Captains course to record the equal best round of the day. 

Aylen sits at the top of the leaderboard with a two-round total of 13-under par 131, four strokes ahead of Tom Bond in second place.

Bond, from Adelaide Shores Driving Range in South Australia, added a solid second round of 2-under par 70 to his opening score of 65 for a total of 9-under par 135.

Luke Humphries (Goulburn – NSW) also shot a 6-under par 66 to vault to outright third and to a two-round score of 7-under par 137. Humphries’ round was highlighted by a holed wedge shot for eagle from 112m on the seventh hole. Camran Walton also holed out for eagle on the fourth hole from 79m.

Lachlan Armour (Settlers Run – Vic) and Steffi Vogel (Cobram-Barooga) are currently tied for fourth place at 5-under par 139. Armour produced a nice comeback after being 4-over through three holes to finish with a 1-under par 71. In contrast, Vogel has played very steady golf that featured six birdies and a lone bogey through 36-holes.

The cut fell at 7-over par with 54 players making their way through to rounds three and four. Defending Champion Dale Crothers (Yarrawonga & Mulwala) is placed in a tie for 22nd on 2-over par 146 at the half way mark of the tournament.

There were three women in the field and two have made the cut. Vogel (5-under) and Jade Shellback (Royal Melbourne – 6-over par 150) will contest the final two rounds.

A highlight of the day was a hole-in-one on the 8th hole by Max Edmanson. He used a 4-iron from 180m to find the bottom of the cup.

Round three begins on the Presidents course at 7:20am with the leaders teeing off the first at 8:32am.

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