McLean leading 2012 Victorian PGA Championship

GEELONG Golf Professional James McLean has taken the second round lead at the Adroit Insurance Group Victorian PGA Championship with a six under par 64 at the Forest Resort Creswick.

McClean started the day two under the card and four shots from the lead but after birdieing the first soon found himself moving up the leaderboard.

“I had a fairly solid round today, kept it out of the trees most of the time and was lucky enough to hole a few putts,” he said.

“I didn’t really do anything special, I birdied the first, I hit a really good shot in there and rolled the putt in to get off to a good start.”

The big hitting McLean was conscious to keep the driver in the bag and play a more conservative game around the newly revamped Forest Resort Creswick course.

“I was definitely playing quite conservatively; I only hit the driver a couple of times today. It was three iron almost every tee.”

McLean had a successful 2011 going close to his break through win on the PGA Tour of Australasia at the WA PGA Championship (T4) and NSW PGA Championship (T2) finishing just short each time.

“I am starting to hit the ball a little bit better and more consistently and rolling in a few putts so hopefully I can continue it.

“It would be great to win, just to get the monkey off the back for the rest of the year. I am playing up in Asia and Japan this year so it would be a great start to the year.”

New Zealander Gareth Paddison and Victorian Leighton Lyle both shot two under par to be tied second at six under.

A further shot back at five under is successful touring professional Andre Stolz while drawcard Craig Parry unfortunately had to withdraw from the tournament due to a back injury.

Round Three of the tournament tees off at 9am Saturday with free entry for spectators.

2012 Victorian PGA Championship Leaderboard
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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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