Japanese player takes clubhouse lead

Joint leader after the first round, Ryuko Tokimatsu is the clubhouse leader of the morning field on day two of the 100th New Zealand Open in Queenstown.

Tokimatsu, 24, with three career wins to his name, shot a two-under 69 at Millbrook today (4 birdies, 2 bogeys) to be on 10-under par ahead of compatriot Kodai Ichihara on 9-under after shooting 68 today at Millbrook Resort.


He shares second of the early day two rounds with two former New Zealand Open champions in Brad Kennedy and Dimitrios Papadatos, both from Australia. Kennedy, the 2011 champion, fired eight birdies today in his 63 while Papadatos, the 2014 winner, shot a 66 – both at Millbrook – after his opening 68.

They are joined on 9-under by another overnight leader in Kiwi professional Harry Bateman who had a one-under 70 today after his brilliant 64 at The Hills on day one.

Other morning rounds of note included a six-under 65 by former US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy.

There were two holes in one that provided some sparkle on day two. Australian professional Damien Jordan holed out on the second hole at Millbrook Resort today. He hit a pitching wedge to the 139m par-3. He was joined by Thailand professional Natipong Srithong who scored a hole-in-one at The Hills. He fired a 7-iron to the 174m par-3 16th.

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