Greg Hutchesson has shot an excellent 77 off the stick for 67 nett as he headed the field for the second round of qualifying for the Patrick of Coonawarra Club Championship at Penola Golf Club.
In a competition that composed of two tee-off groups due to the local grand finals, the top positions were spread fairly evenly giving no biased to either morning or afternoon play.
Numbers were still good despite the alternate options as 26 players tried to make their scores count towards a finals playoff.
Hutchesson made every post a winner as he started with a par and a birdie to get things rolling.
He finished 38-39 with nine pars and two birdies to put himself in second place on the overall open qualifying leaderboard.
His score of nett 67 was three shots clear of any competition in A Grade and also the clear best round of the day.
The runner-up in A Grade was one of the players kicking off the dew, Paul Harmer.
His round of nett 70 was two contrasting nines, with 46 on the front nine before storming home with 39 on the back nine.
A couple of back to back monster putts for birdie and par helped his cause considerably.
Jeremy Briggs also shot nett 70 as he starts to make his move towards finals qualification.
Lindsay Storer completed the placings, finishing fourth with nett 71.
In the B Grade, Matt Stephenson posted his first decent score for the qualifying period with nett 68 which was good enough to win the grade by two shots.
His best effort came in the patch after the half time break where he had three pars and a birdie in the first four holes.
Ant Mathys finished runner-up with 70, a solid effort from him.
Good, consistent scoring on the front nine gave him a solid foundation for the round.
John Gregory finished third with nett 74, showing glimpses of form saw him be a force to reckon with in match play.
Nearest the pins were won by Andrew Hutchesson on the ninth and the 16th and Brad Nathys on the seventh.
Greg Hutchesson capped off a good day by having the best second on the 11th.
Brad Mathys won another ball, this time a chocolate won after a rusty return to the course.
Next week is the third round of the patrick of Coonawarra Club Champion