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Wilson takes lead at Samoa Open as amateurs impress

Peter Wilson has taken the lead at 11-under par after two rounds of the Invest Samoa Golf Open at the Royal Samoa Country Club.

The Australian shot 67 on Thursday to take him past the co-leaders after Round One; Anthony Choat (now -10) and Andrew Campbell (-9).

Jayden Ford, a 15-year-old amateur from New Zealand, also shot 67 to leave him in a tie for third with Campbell.

Australian professional Michael Wright is a shot back after his Round 2 score of 69.

He said Thursday was a little more of a struggle relative to Round 1, where he made 67.

“I had a couple of holes where I let a couple of loose shots go which cost me, and let myself down on the greens.”

Wright said he was happy to be just a few shots back from the lead going into round three, and that anything can happen on the Fagali’i course.

“There’s a lot of birdies that can be made, but if you’re not careful there’s some trouble to be had as well.

“Tomorrow I think I’ll go out and try to keep out of trouble, and just make a ton of birdies.”

A repeat visitor to the Invest Samoa Golf Open, Wright said he knows his way around the course pretty well.

“It’s a bit of a funky golf course.”

He said the inconsistent greens mean one can’t be sure how the ball will react to each one, which can be frustrating.

“But at the same time it’s a very fun course to play, they’ve got some fun little holes.”

Wright said whether it’s down to local knowledge or something else, he has been impressed by the local amateurs vying for spots in Samoa’s team for the upcoming Pacific Games.


“Man they’ve got some game.

“I’ve played with a few already this week and they can really play.”

Samu Ropati is in a tie for 7th on six-under par, with Lio and Niko Vui also in the top 10 just one shot behind.

In the Senior Open, David Fearns shot 65 to join co-leaders Brad Burns and Glen Joyner on eight-under par.

2019 Samoa Open Ladbrokes PGA Pro-Am Series round two leaderboard

Position

Player

Nationality

Round 1

Round 2

+/-

1

Peter Wilson

AUS

66

67

-11

2

Anthony Choat

AUS

65

69

-10

3

Andrew Campbell

AUS

65

70

-9


Jayden Ford (amateur)

NZL

68

67

-9

5

Michael Wright

AUS

67

69

-8


Edward Stedman

AUS

68

68

-8

7

Scott Laycock

AUS

67

71

-6


Samu Ropati (amateur)

SAM

69

69

-6

9

Lio Vui (amateur)

SAM

69

70

-5


Malese Maifea

SAM

70

69

-5


Niko Vui (amateur)

SAM

70

69

-5

12

Robert Faaaliga (amateur)

SAM

70

70

-4

13

Martin Dive

AUS

70

71

-3


Alex Edge

AUS

71

70

-3

15

Patrick Joseph

AUS

73

69

-2


Thomas Punnett

AUS

73

69

-2

17

Dane McArdle

AUS

75

69

Par

18

Dylan Benoit (amateur)

FRA

70

76

+2


Zachary Churcher

AUS

74

72

+2

20

Guillame Castaguee (amateur)

FRA

76

71

+3

21

Timoteo Samau (amateur)

SAM

72

77

+5


Van Wright (amateur)

SAM

76

73

+5


Andre Stolz

AUS

71

78

+5


Adrian Lees

AUS

78

71

+5

25

Morgan Dufour (amateur)

FRA

74

76

+6

26

Al Apisaloma-Taeleipu (amateur)

SAM

72

79

+7


Grant Binns

AUS

77

74

+7

28

Laki Peti (amateur)

SAM

77

75

+8


Rhett McIvor

AUS

82

70

+8

30

Dominique Ricaud

FRA

80

79

+15

 

2019 Invest Samoa Open Ladbrokes PGA Legends Tour round one leaderboard 

Position

Player

Nationality

Round 1

Round 2

+/-

1

Brad Burns

AUS

66

70

-8


Glen Joyner

AUS

69

67

-8


David Fearns

AUS

71

65

-8

4

Michael Harwood

AUS

69

69

-6


Richard Backwell

AUS

71

67

-6

6

Bryan Wearne

AUS

69

71

-4

7

Donald Edwards

AUS

73

68

-3

8

Tim Elliot

AUS

70

73

-1

9

Dean Sipson

NZL

73

72

+1

10

Robert McConnell

AUS

73

73

+2


Corey Keil (amateur)

SAM

74

72

+2


Bryce Mawhinney

NZL

73

73

+2

13

Steven Aisbett

AUS

71

76

+3


Michael Holden

AUS

71

76

+3


Mark McFadden

AUS

71

76

+3

16

Gregory Rix

AUS

73

75

+4


John Kirchner

AUS

73

75

+4

18

Mark Tickle

AUS

72

78

+6


Tomas Mezera

AUS

73

77

+6

20

Denis Brosnan

AUS

79

75

+10


Gary Vui (amateur)

SAM

80

74

+10

22

Richard Beer

AUS

74

81

+11


Steve Treisman

AUS

79

76

+11

24

Laauli Tui

SAM

81

75

+12

25

Brad Cumming

AUS

76

81

+13


Samoa Unoi (amateur)

SAM

78

79

+13

27

Stephen Woodhead

AUS

78

81

+15

28

Andy Dakers

AUS

79

83

+18

29

Gary Wheatley

AUS

83

81

+20

30

Wayne Rogers

AUS

84

86

+26

31

Stephen Boswell

AUS

86

85

+27

Cut:

32

Michael Kapisi (amateur)

SAM

78

85

+12

33

Tuuu Amaramo (amateur)

SAM

87

79

+22

34

Leiautaua Isikuki Punivalu (amateur)

SAM

82

86

+24



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