THE City of Orange Golf Championship is at risk of leaving its host city.
After the opening two rounds of the three-day competition, Ian Armer, from Shellharbour’s Links Shell Cove, leads the men’s competition.
Armer shot a six-over 74 at Orange Ex-Services Country Club on Saturday and backed it up with a three-over 73 at Duntryleague yesterday.
His 36-hole total of 147 had him leading after the second day, one shot ahead of Duntryleague’s Robert Payne (148).
The three-time defending champion had 73 at the Country Club and 75 on his home course.
Duntryleague’s Craig Stojanovic (75, 74) and Dean Turner (76, 73) are a further shot back on 149.
Rob Parfett was leading after the first day thanks to his three-over 71, but found the going tough at home yesterday to card an 11-over 81 (152).
Charlestown’s Mark Sullivan also performed well at Country Club with 72, before a 78 at Duntry (150).
In the men’s B grade competition, Cabramatta’s Ryan Mormul is looking strong after rounds of 82 at Country Club and 89 at Duntry (171).
Wentworth’s Matt Garlick was leading after the first day with his round of 81, but struggled to 100 at Duntry yesterday (181).
In the men’s C grade battle, the Country Club’s Jonathan Sangster has set the pace with his rounds of 82 and 92 for 174.
Fox Hills’ Andrew Francis has had 85 and 95 (180) to be in with a chance.
Alison Seib is going to have to fight if she wants to claim a fourth consecutive women’s title today.
Monash’s Jacqui Morgan is leading the competition after rounds of 79 at Country Club and 76 at Duntry (155).
She is one shot ahead of the Country Club’s Seib, with her rounds of 79 and 77 (156).
In the ladies’ B grade standings, Queanbeyan’s Gillian Maiden (201) and the Country Club’s Maureen Commins (205) are title chances.
Today’s third and final round will be played at Wentworth Golf Club.