THE form was up and down, but in the end it levelled out for Bathurst golfer Peter O’Malley, making the cut at the New Zealand Open at Queenstown yesterday with yet another even round 72.
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BY A WHISKER: Bathurst’s Peter O’Malley briefly spent time outside the cut during yesterday’s second round of the New Zealand Open but thanks to the struggles of other players he will be a part of the final two rounds. 022814pom

A pair of changes came the way of O’Malley in the second round, including a new course and a new, earlier starting time. From the outset it appeared that it was delivering good fortunes, up to two under by the end of the front nine.

It was a nervous wait for him, though, as he fell outside the cut briefly in the afternoon, having to wait for hours before he knew he would return for another round. He struck it lucky on the back of some poor rounds from others, managing to improve his position to within the top 50 and proving that consistency pays off.

Starting on the 10th hole of The Hills course, O’Malley grabbed himself a birdie on the lengthy par five thirteenth.

He had to wait until the 13th hole in Thursday’s opening round before he could find a birdie but the wait was not as long yesterday. He found success once more on the 13th, but this time as his fourth hole of play.

He immediately followed that with another birdie on the 14th, briefly getting in touch of the top 30. He saw out the front nine with no lost strokes, going out with 34.

It would turn out to be the opposite of his opening round where he recovered from two early bogeys to finish on 72. This time bogeys on the fourth and eighth holes brought him back to even.

At the end of his round O’Malley sat within the cutoff for making the third round of play. However, with more and more players getting themselves into the red the cut was raised less than an hour later to one under.

That left the Bathurst man with a nervous wait to see if any players would drop back throughout the day and bring the cutoff back down to even par he needed.

Thanks to some poor finishes from afternoon players, over two hours later O’Malley could look forward to a weekend of golf.

Richard Lee and Adam Blyth hold a two-shot buffer on nine under par.

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