Moorhead back in Taranaki Open title contention

MURRAY HILLS
Last updated 06:08 13/04/2013

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On a day when many players were heading in the wrong direction, New Plymouth professional Grant Moorhead was making up ground on the leaders.

Moorhead put himself back in contention to win his second Charles Tour golf event with a second-round, five-under par 67 to go with his first-round 71 in the $40,000 Taranaki Energy Open at the Ngamotu links yesterday.

"It's nice to be back in the mix," said Moorhead, who won his first Charles Tour event in Palmerston North in early February.

"I needed a good round today. It could have been lower had a few putts dropped, but to be six under after two rounds is great."

Heading into the weekend, Moorhead is in a tie for seventh, five shots back from Taupo professional Troy Ropiha and four back from Auckland professional Fraser Wilkin and New Plymouth amateur Brad Hayward.

Moorhead said he failed to take advantage of the near perfect golfing conditions for Thursday's first round.

"Conditions were perfect and to be two over after four when everyone was going nuts was very frustrating."

Yesterday's round was much more satisfying, he said.

"I'm driving the ball really well, apart from seven when I went left and finished under a tree. I managed to punch it out, put my third on the green and holed the putt for a birdie. I had six birdies - 1, 7, 8, 10, 14 and 15 - and one bogey, the rest were pars."

The bogey on the par-four 11th was a story in itself. "I was four under through 10. I aimed my drive straight down the left on 11 hoping to fade it back. It hit the Norfolk, so I played a provisional."

Moorhead couldn't find his first ball and climbed the offending tree to look for it.

"I thought, if I could find it, I could take a penalty drop. I found six balls, but none were mine. I ended up making birdie with my provisional ball, so it wasn't all bad . . . a great escape."

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- Taranaki Daily News

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