THE lead in the Port Fairy Golf Club championships has changed without a ball being struck in today’s second round.
Kevin Leddin starts his round this afternoon with a two-shot buffer after a mid-week match committee ruled Horsham’s Scott Boschen ineligible.
Boschen carded a three-under par 69 last Saturday, four clear of Leddin.
Boschen said this week he was setting himself to claim the A grade title for the first time after recently re-joining the club following a 10-year absence from the region. But at a meeting on Tuesday night, the club’s match committee ruled him ineligible because he had not played five competitive rounds since taking out his membership.
Leddin was surprised to learn yesterday he had been elevated to leader.
The popular member, who plays off a handicap of five, said his opening round of one-over 73 was a highlight of his golfing career.
“That was my best round,” he said. “I’ve had a few 74s before.”
He is hoping he can replicate his work on the greens today.
“Tee to green I was pretty good but I putted pretty well which makes a big difference.” Leddin said he would maintain his weekly approach.
“I’ll just go out and enjoy the round with my mates and whatever happens, happens. I won’t be changing anything.”
Leddin said he expected calm conditions would not only suit him, but a number of the pre-event favourites.
“The fact that I have led the championships is enough for me.”
He predicted two-time winner Chris Dunn, who had a three-over 75 last Saturday, and another dual winner Troy Richardson, who had 76, to make moves today.
Dunn is aiming for his third success in four years as the championships build to next weekend’s 36-hole climax.