Min Woo Lee carded one of the rounds of the day with a five-under 67 that catapulted the teenager back into contention at the WA PGA Championship in Kalgoorlie.
The 18-year-old was one of four amateurs to make the cut – alongside Ben Ferguson, Connor Fewkes and Hayden Hopewell – at the picturesque Graham Marsh-designed course.
Lee knows the lay-out well having shot a course record 64 two years ago and, after a frustrating opening-round 74, he rediscovered his groove to rise up the leaderboard at the PGA of Australasia event.
Queenslander Chris Wood’s six-under 66 was the only round that bettered the US Junior Amateur champions score today.
Overnight leader Peter Wilson, who won this event five years ago, remains the man to chase down after a 71 on Friday moved him to nine-under at the halfway point.
Former world number one amateur Brady Watt is the best-placed Western Australian at four-under, but Lee’s enterprising round has left him just a stroke further back.
The Royal Fremantle member picked up three shots before the turn, after he started on the back nine, before birdies at the first and second had him dreaming of another record-setting day.
A bogey at the next checked Lee’s progress but he still had time to make a sixth birdie for the day, at the par-five sixth, to be in a tie for 16th place overall and a shot ahead of last year’s winner Stephen Dartnall.
Fewkes and Ferguson both remained level-par after replicating their opening-day 72s.
Goldfields Golf Club member Fewkes has impressed in the company of the professionals on his home track this week after he was only last month a part of the WA team that lifted the Junior Interstate Series title in New South Wales.
Ferguson endured an up-and-down day, highlighted by an eagle at the par-five second, only to hand back the shots gained immediately with a double-bogey at the next.
Royal Fremantle’s Hayden Hopewell, who was also a part of the winning Junior Interstate squad, booked his place in the weekend action with an impressive two-under 70.
Hopewell kick-started his round with back-to-back birdies at the 11th and 12th before making sure he finished in red figures for the day by picking up further strokes at the fourth and eighth.
WA State Amateur captain Kiran Day carded a 73 on Friday to finish just outside the cut at four-over while Jose De Sousa signed for a 76 today.
Ebony Riordan, who earned an invite into the tournament on her home course, carded her second successive 82.
Sunday’s play will be streamed live on the PGA TV website while highlights from each day are also available.