Tim Coffey holds a commanding lead going into the final round of the Stawell Golf Club Championships

IMPROVING: Josh Kelly shot 84 in round two of the Stawell Golf Championships, a six shot improvement from his 90 in the first round. He sits sixth in the A Grade scratch standings going into the final round. Picture: Peter Pickering.

IMPROVING: Josh Kelly shot 84 in round two of the Stawell Golf Championships, a six shot improvement from his 90 in the first round. He sits sixth in the A Grade scratch standings going into the final round. Picture: Peter Pickering.

Tim Coffey extended his lead in round two of the Stawell Golf Club Championships last Saturday.

Coffey now holds a commanding 14-shot lead, after shooting 73 in the second round, three shots more than in the first round.

After winning the last two club championships, Coffey is in a great position to win his third in a row. 

Greg Earle is closest to Coffey, sitting on 157 in the A Grade scratch standings, behind Coffey’s 143.

David Hunter sits two shots back from Earle on 159, with club captain Richard Hackwill on 164 going into the final round.

Junior Josh Kelly improved by six shots from his first round, with an aggregate score of 174 after the second round.

Hunter leads Coffey in the A Grade handicap standings, with 143, two shots better than Coffey’s 145 after handicaps. 

B Grade will see a much tighter finish, with the top three separated by only five shots in the scratch standings. 

Bryan Iseppi was able to back up a strong first round performance to finish with 81 in the second round, taking his total to 162.

Iseppi is five shots clear in the lead ahead of Michael Kelly and Stephen Johnston on 167.

Kelly slipped from equal first with Iseppi, shooting 86, five shots more than his first round.

Stephen Johnston enjoyed the opposite, dropping seven shots from his first round to finish with 80 for the day’s play.

Harry Murray also made inroads, shooting 11 shots better in round two to move nine shots behind Iseppi.

Returning B Grade champion Phil Willcock will struggle to retain his title, sitting 13 shots back.

The B Grade handicap standings are set to come down to the wire, with seven players within six shots of the leader.

Michael Kelly holds a one stroke lead over Iseppi, with Willcock trailing by only two strokes.

Murray will go into the final round only four strokes from the lead.

Tony Molan, Graham Healy and Stephen Johnston are tied in fifth on 147.     

Frank Kuypers repeated his efforts to shoot 92 for the second week in a row to lead the C Grade scratch standings on 184.

David Sears is close behind on 186, with Wes Nalder the best of C Grade in round two, shooting 91 and moving into third on 189.

Kyle Dignan leads the C Grade handicap standings on 143, two shots clear of Nalder.     

The final round will begin with seeded players teeing off from 11.35am on Saturday morning. 

Coffey’s group will begin from 12.15pm. 

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