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