VICTORIA, Australia (March 11, 2017) -- On day three Dylan Perry took over the lead at the Australian Riversdale Cup hosted by Riversdale Golf Club. Perry, 11-under, will carry a one-stroke lead into the final round over defending champion Harrison Endycott.
Perry turned in his second consecutive bogey-free 6-under 66 to surge into the lead. On Saturday Perry used three birdies on each side to assure his spot atop the leaderboard. His last blemish came on the 16th hole of the first round, 38 holes ago.
Endycott turned in his third straight subpar round with a 4-under 68 and he will begin the final round 10-under.
Cameron John is third at 9-under, Haydn Barron is fourth at 8-under and Lachlan Barker is in fifth at 7-under.
36-hole leader David Micheluzzi fell to 6-under and a tie for sixth.
ROUND TWO RECAP
There are few more consistent players in Australian amateur golf than David Micheluzzi; this weekend at the Australian Riversdale Cup he gets the chance to kick that reputation to another level.
Micheluzzi, 20, has built a magnificent resume around Australia without bagging the big wins of some of his peers.
But a magnificent 6-under-par 66 on Friday has given him the whip hand as he chases the time honored Riversdale Cup in his home city, Melbourne.
Micheluzzi made a host of birdies and an eagle in round one, but gave most of them back on his second nine, the front, with four bogeys to start his second round at 1-under.
There were no such inconsistencies in round two with six birdies in a blemish-free round to give the Metropolitan and Cranbourne member a leading halfway total of 7-under.
But there is no shortage of worthy challengers with defending champion and world No.22 Harrison Endycott chief among them just one stroke adrift.
The Avondale member fired his second consecutive 3-under 69 on Friday to slide into Saturday’s final group, where he’ll also be joined by New South Wales state teammate Dylan Perry.
Perry, of The Vintage, was also superb in the second round, matching Micheluzzi’s round with the same six birdies in another 66.
Remarkably, Perry, who endured a triple-bogey seven in round one, was still square through 27 holes before cutting loose with five birdies in seven holes on his second nine, the front side at Riversdale.
Victorian Cameron John is another at 5-under after an impressive 68, while South Australian pair Lachlan Barker and Joseph Hodgson are among a mini who’s who at four under, including Charlie Dann, Kyle Michel and NSW state team trio Josh Armstrong, Travis Smyth and Kevin Yuan.
Victorian Andree Lautee bounced back after a flat opening to match the day’s best 6-under 66 to reach 3-under, alongside mercurial West Australian Ben Ferguson.
-Editors Note: Round Two Recap written by Golf Australia