Bali, Indonesia, June 26 - Jake Stirling of Australia stayed patient in the windy conditions to snatch the halfway stage lead with a five-under-par 67 at The Bali National Golf Championship on Friday.
The 26-year-old holed a 40 feet chip-in eagle on the 16th hole to lead by two shots on a nine-under-par 135 total at the US$76,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event staged at the scenic Bali National Golf Club.
Current Order of Merit leader Hsieh Chi-hsien of Chinese Taipei and Matthew Giles of Australia posted a 70 and 69 respectively to share second place while Khalin Joshi of India was a further shot back.
Overnight leader Gyeongjun Lee of Korea slipped down the leaderboard following a 75.
Despite none of the Indonesian players being in the top 10, with 5 top 30 players and another 3 making the cut, this shows that they're overall playing very well. William Sjaichudin (73) is best in class and is currently in 12th position at 2-under=par. One shot further back is Benita Yuniarto (71).
George Gandranata (70), Andrew Wirawan (74) and Rinaldi Adiyandono (74) are in a tie for 29th at 1-over-par 145. Asep Saefulloh (73), Ramadhan Alwie (78) and Ian Andrew (77) also made the cut that was set at 148.
Stirling, who won his first ADT title earlier in June, kept things simple and was rewarded with four birdies and one eagle.
“I can understand why the scores are a little bit high but I managed to keep the ball low and stay patient on the greens. I started to hit it a bit lower and that kind of game suits this golf course. That’s one of the reasons why I’m right up there,” said Stirling.
“If you are frustrated, you tend to swing harder. A lot of good golfers go the other way. I’m still trying to work it out. Stay patient, relaxed and keeping it really basic seem to help my game,” he added.
Hsieh endured a mix round highlighted by an eagle three on the 13th hole which kept him in the hunt for a third ADT title.
“I feel that my game wasn’t good today but I tried to slow my tempo down on every hole and focus on my shots. I saw that the afternoon scores are not good so I’m very happy with a two-under,” said Hsieh.
After struggling with a cold putter, the 22-year-old Joshi had something to smile about when he chipped in for birdie on the challenging 17th hole par three island green.
“I’m disappointed with my round. I didn’t putt or hit the ball good. Overall it was a bad day but I’m happy with my birdie on 17. That birdie sort of gave me some positives when I ended my round,” said Joshi.
Scores after the second round of the Bali National Golf Championship:
135 - Jake STIRLING (AUS) 68-67
137 - HSIEH Chi-hsien (TWN) 67-70, Matthew GILES (AUS) 68-69
138 - Khalin JOSHI (IND) 67-71
139 - Jordan SHERRATT (AUS) 70-69, Poosit SUPUPRAMAI (THA) 69-70, Nirun SAE-UENG (THA) 67-72, Lindsay RENOLDS (CAN) 69-70
140 - Gyeongjun LEE (KOR) 65-75
141 - Sean RIORDAN (NZL) 67-74, Micah Lauren SHIN (USA) 69-72
142 - William SJAICHUDIN (INA) 69-73
143 - Benita YUNIARTO (INA) 72-71
145 - George GANDRANATA (INA) 75-70, Andrew WIRAWAN (INA) 71-74, Rinaldi ADIYANDONO (INA) 71-74
146 - Asep SAEFULLOH (INA) 73-73, Ramadhan ALWIE (INA) 68-78
148 - Ian ANDREW (INA) 71-77
149 - Danny MASRIN (INA) 79-70, Suprapto (INA) 74-75, Rory HIE (INA) 73-76
150 - Clement KURNIAWAN (A) (INA) 75-75, Maan NASIM (INA) 77-73
151 - Suwarno (INA) 75-76, Naraajie RAMADHANPUTRA (A) (INA) 76-75, Andik MAULUDIN (INA)80-71
154 - Mahpudin M (INA) 78-76
156 - Komang DARMAWAN (INA) 75-81, Jordan IRAWAN (INA) 80-76, I Nengah DHARMA (INA) 79-77
157 - Sarmilih (INA) 80-77
158 - Bramantio ADI (INA) 78-80, Abhinawa (INA) 79-79, Iwan SUWANTONO (INA) 78-80, Fajar WINURYANTO (INA) 84-74, Dede IDRIS (INA) 82-76
159 - Johannes DERMAWAN (INA) 80-79
160 - Andi SOEYATMO (INA) 82-78, Ketut SANDIARTA (INA) 82-78, Bonyamin ASHARI (INA) 81-79
161 - Kurnia Herisiandy SANTOSO (INA) 80-81, Supriyatna (INA) 78-83
162 - Aria KAMSURI (INA) 77-85, Sujarwo S (INA) 79-83
163 - Hamzah RACHMADI (INA) 82-81, Junaidi IBRAHIM (INA) 84-79
164 - Nyoman SARJANA (INA) 77-87
167 - Zulharmen TABUSALLA (INA) 85-82
169 - Nyoman SUASTANA (INA) 89-80
172 - Zulkarnaen Tanjung (INA) 86-86
173 - Pudio (INA) 81-92
178 - Yohannes RUDIATO (INA) 85-93
179 - Rudi HARTONO (INA) 88-91
184 - Bambang MUSTARI (INA) 91-93
90 - Warno (INA) 90-RTD