Vic Open - Australia's Jason Scrivener shares lead with Nick Flanagan

Nick Flanagan leads on 10-under par

Nick Flanagan leads on 10-under par

'I was a little peeved off that I made double from the middle of the fairway and followed up with a couple of birdies and then rattled off about seven or eight more - it's pretty special.' An eight-under-par 64 left Nitties in a six-way tie for second alongside Jason Scrivener, James Anstiss, Callum Shinkwin, Kurt Kitayama and Hugo Leon, two shots behind leader Nick Flanagan, who had eight birdies and two eagles in a 62 on the Creek Course.

Local players filled the top five spots on the leaderboard after the opening two rounds, with Wade Ormsby in outright third at 13-under 131, one shot clear of Matt Jager and Brad Kennedy. "I'm probably happier with today's round considering it was backing up that 62".

"I had a good chance for that tenth birdie but I didn't want to break it". He has yet to win on the Australasian Tour but has been twice runner-up and he seems to have found something with his game since finishing his 2018 season. "I played nicely, so looking forward to the weekend. So I had one guy see it, which was good enough", she said. I'm getting to that age where I feel like I should be playing the best golf of my career. "If you try to rush them, you can make mistakes, so just plodding your way around and being smart about it", he said.

In the women's event, American Kim Kaufman carded a second consecutive 66 to reach 13 under and lead by two shots from Japan's Haru Nomura, with Australian Su Oh a further shot back.

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However, local hope and leader, Flanagan, a former USA amateur champion, shot a 10-under-par 62 - one shy of the course record - for a two-shot lead among the men.

"You know, a year ago was when I kind of heard about it and I've been pretty outspoken about coming down here and it's lived up to every expectation, which has been great", said the leader. I was going to ask for an invite. I told them previous year, I just think it's such a great thing they're doing, equal pay and we all want more prize money and equal prize money.

Australian Geoff Ogilvy, who won the 2006 US Open and three World Golf Championships, hit a 66 in his opening round and said the format was a win-win.

"And the way it's done, too, because a lot of people think, "Oh, the women will be on one course, the men will be on the other".

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