CHASING A HAT-TRICK: Reece Hodson with the Bathurst Golf Club Championship A grade trophy after his 2011 tournament victory. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA 041411zgolfAFTER a relatively lengthy break prior to a return to regular golf a couple of months ago, Bathurst player Reece Hodson could haveeasily gone into the Bathurst Club Championships with low expectations.
The only thing low about his first two rounds on Saturday and Sunday though were his scores, and he will go into the second half of the A grade event this weekend with amassive eight-shot lead.
Hodson, playing off minus two, shot a scrambling 71 on Saturday to sit at even par and he backed it up with a brilliant 68 thefollowing day to move to three-under.
He is well clear of youngster Dylan Thompson, and given his experience as a two-time former champion, as well as his time spent playing top level pennants with The Australian Club in Sydney, it looks a virtualformality for the leader.
“I was probably a bit scrappy on Saturday, I had five birdies and five bogeys so it was very up-and-down but I managed to get a decent enough score out of it,” he said.
“In round two things felt a lot better, and I holed some really good putts, three-under was a good score and set me up nicely.
“It is nice to shoot those scores but I just wanted to play some consistent golf, and I’d be happy enough if I could do that again in rounds three and four.”
While he has one hand seemingly on his third club championship, Hodson, more than anyone, should know that nothing is a given when it comes to this tournament.
The right-hander himself stormed home on the back of a brilliant 66 to make up a seven shot deficit in 2010, and 12 months later he trailed Paul Bright by six shots going into the last two rounds and still managed to claimvictory.
Hodson said he does not know a lot about Thompson, or what he is capable of, andsimply focused on posting a couple of good rounds himself to finish.
“I’ve had a big break from playing and I’ve only been back on the course for a few months so things are still coming along,” he said.
“I must say though, it would be nice to be able to say at the end of it all that I led from start to finish and really strung four good days of golf together, rather than having to come from well back and also have the other guys drop off a bit. If I win it will be a bonus, provided that I play the sort of rounds I want to.
“To be honest I don’t really know Dylan or know a lot about him, and I haven’t had much of a look at the leaderboard. It is up to me to play my game and just worry about my own golf.
“There are a lot of good golfers in the field with plenty of talent, so on a given day I’m sure there are some capable there of posting a very low score, if they can post two of them it will still put some pressure on me.”
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