The course record was shadowed here at Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club this morning as Newscatle professional Andrew Dodt shot the round of his 12-year pro career to take the clubhouse lead in the AVJennings NSW Open.
Dodt’s 61 included 9 birdies and an eagle as he stormed up the leaderboard to finish the day at -14, three clear of overnight leader Josh Younger who added a two-under 70 to be 11-under and three back.
The 33-year-old Novocastrian opened with five birdies through the front nine, but when he made the turn the real fireworks began. Birdies on 10, 12, 13 and 15 and an eagle on 11 signalled something surreal was happening.
“That was the best round of my pro career so far,” said Dodt, who is playing in the event through special invitation from Golf NSW after the co-sanctioned Hong Kong was cancelled last week.
“I got hot around the turn and made a few birdies, and then I started getting a bit nervy, thinking ‘I’m getting pretty low here’,” he said.
Dodt knew he needed at least two birdies on his back nine to challenge last year’s course record of 62 held by eventual winner Jake McLeod.
“I didn’t really give myself great chances on the last three holes but all in all a great day’s work,” he said.
When asked if he considered the magic 59 was within reach, Dodt said: “I didn’t know what I was (score) but I had an inkling I was close. When you are in that zone it’s a really nice place to be.”
Fellow Novocastrian Jake Higginbottom enjoyed the morning’s other low round shooting a six-under 66 to be at -7, while New Zealander Denzel Ieremia had eight birdies and two bogeys in his 66 to comfortably make the cut this weekend.
Overnight leader Josh Younger played a solid round of two-under to be at -11 and very much in contention as the weekend looms. His round included three birdies and an eagle (on 11) but was also accompanied by three bogeys.
Dodt goes low, course record could fall
Newcastle professional Andrew Dodt has made a strong start on day two of the AV Jennings NSW Open with nine birdies through 12 holes to hold a three-shot lead midway through his back nine.
Dodt, 33, fired five birdies on the front nine in still conditions at Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club in Sydney’s west, capitalising on excellent scoring conditions as players work to make it to the weekend.
His back nine started birdie, eagle, birdie to be at -9 and within reach of the Twin Creeks course record of 62 held by Jake McLeod, the 2018 AV Jennings NSW Open champion.
Birdies on 1, 2, 5, 8 and 9 were the highlights on Dodt’s scorecard as he quickly caught up with overnight leader Victorian Josh Younger (-9) who was even through the front nine after his stunning opening round of 63 yesterday.
Dodt’s beautiful front nine was matched by Newcastle’s Jake Higginbottom who fired four birdies on his front nine and another on 11 to be in a tie for 8th halfway through the morning rounds.
Ireland’s Conor Purcell is also enjoying the mild conditions at Twin Creeks with six birdies on his blemish-free scorecard to be at -8 overall and one back from the lead. Purcell’s hot streak included three straight birdies on 15, 16 and 17.
Purcell, 21, is playing in his first tournament as a professional after announcing his decision earlier this week.
Seeking perfection: Day Two
Good morning everyone and welcome to Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club in Sydney’s west, home of the 2019 AV Jennings NSW Open.
It’s shaping up to be a magnificent day, with a top temperature of 34 degrees in the afternoon. Here’s the forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology.
Sydney area: Cloudy. Areas of smoke haze. Slight (10%) chance of a little drizzle early in the morning. Winds north to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light in the middle of the day then becoming northeasterly 20 to 30 km/h in the early afternoon.
Interestingly, the forecast says the afternoon groups will begin in benign conditions before the winds pick up again.
It augurs well for another great day of low scoring – although Twin Creeks did show its toughness late yesterday, with plenty of run through the fairways and much faster greens than the morning rounds.
As Tour veteran Mark Hensby noted this morning: “I couldn’t believe someone shot nine-under in those conditions yesterday,” he said, referring to Josh Younger’s stunning round yesterday.
Please come down to Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club and watch today’s action for yourself – it really is a spectacular golf course with many vantage points to watch the action.
Or stay with us throughout the day as we bring you all the action, reaction, inspiration, and magic from the premier event on the Golf NSW calendar.
First off this morning will be our overnight leader Josh Younger, who is starting the day with a one-shot lead. How will he fare, will he move further ahead, or will the young pack – led by Min Woo Lee – continue their charge for the Kel Nagle Cup?