Aaron Wise grabs lead at Australian Master of the Amateurs
MELBOURNE, Australia (January 9, 2016) -- American
golfer Aaron Wise (Lake
Elsinore, Calif.) got off to a flying start in
today’s round of the Australian Master of the
Amateurs at Royal Melbourne Club.
His reward is a one shot lead going into the final
round of this prestigious championship, for which
the winner is awarded a green jacket and
exemptions into the Players Amateur and Porter Cup
tournaments in the United States.
Wise started an amazing 6-under after his first 6
holes, spurred by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole.
The 6-under start helped the University of Oregon
golfer claw back some of the ground lost in
yesterday’s wind swept second round.
Bogeys on the 9th and 10th and a double-bogey on
the 16th stopped the round from being extra special.
But it’s unlikely that Wise would have argued
with 68 if given the opportunity to post it before
68 was the same score carded today by Englishman
Jonathan Thomson. He too
struggled with the winds yesterday, but steadied
today with 34 on the front nine and 34 on the back
to be just one shot off the lead.
Local amateurs Thomas Power Horan and Andrew
Schonewille are the only other players in the red.
They are the leading Australians and are two shots
off the lead, with a three shot break from the
remainder of the field.