Lawson leads as the strong wind scatters the field
STRONG winds and a foreign course was not enough to stop Victorian Deyen Lawson from moving to the top of the leader board at the Queensland PGA Trainee Championship at Coral Cove Gold Club.
Lawson's impressive three-under par 69 saw him build a four-shot lead over his nearest rivals, he was only one of three players to score under par in the second round that was highlighted with blustery conditions.
In his first trip to Coral Cove, Lawson is keen to make it two state championship wins after his success at the recent New South Wales title at Riverside Oaks.
Lawson had an early bogey on the ocean-side par three second hole but managed to get the shot back with a birdie on the next hole to get back to even par. Back to back birdies on the eighth and ninth holes saw him make the turn in a commanding position.
An early bogey again on the back nine was not enough to affect Lawson who came back quickly with two late birdies to score his three-under par for the day.
Lawson said he had to concentrate in the tricky conditions and he wanted to continue his good from over the final two rounds.
"I was really focused on maintaining the form I had in the first round, but with another windy day it was definitely a struggle to ensure every shot was the right one to play," Lawson said.
"I just hope that I keep the momentum going for the final two days.
"To win another State title would be great but there are plenty of holes to play and too many good players remaining that can score well."
Matching Lawson's score for the day was one of the amateur entrants in the field this year, Charlie Dann. Dann, who hails from the Sunshine Coast was looking to begin the PGA Traineeship himself, but has made the decision to put this on hold until such time he is happy in the knowledge of matching it with the Trainees every week.
Playing off a handicap of +4 at his home club of Pelican Waters, Dann took out the Wayne Grady Cup beating many of this year's Queensland squad players and leading amateurs.
Day one leader Jamie Hook was still able to keep within reach with a second round score of two over par which will see him in the lead group for tomorrow, while first year trainee Daniel Morgan carded the second best score for the day with a one under par 70 sees him in contention joining Hook and Dann at one over par for the two rounds.
The tournament continues today with the third round to begin at 7am with the lead group to commence at 9:50am.