Jones battles elements to lead WA Open

Victorian Steve Jones will take a one shot lead into the third round of the Western Australian Open Championship being played at Mount Lawley Golf Club.

In tough conditions, Jones fired a second round 3-under 69 to be at 7-under-par.

Steve Jones Steve Jones (Credit: Anthony Powter)

At one stage Jones was at 8-under for a two stroke lead over the field, but he was caught in a horrible patch of weather with bogeys on 11 and 14 bringing him back to 6-under and a tie for the lead.

“The front nine was easy,” said Jones.

“I didn’t really hit any bad shots and holed some good putts. On the back nine the weather went south. It got rainy and tough.”

“I probably left a couple out there with short putts.”

An amazing 40 foot breaking putt on 18 secured Jones the outright lead to head into the weekend.

“These events are pretty hard to win. The Vic Open was probably my best chance,” added Jones, who led the Victorian Open after the first round before going on to finish in a tie for sixth.

“My game is definitely ready to win. I think mentally I am getting closer.”

David Bransdon and Kristopher Mueck are in a tie for second at 6-under, with Michael Hansen in fourth at 5-under.

A shot further back and rounding out the top-5 are Troy Cox, Chris Gaunt, Marcus Cain, Brett Drewitt, Matthew Guyatt and amateur Jarryd Felton.

Felton, 18, of Gosnells Golf Club continues to impress against the professionals.

Felton won a string of Amateur events in September (Mandurah Amateur and City of Perth Championships) and held in there in tough conditions to be even for the day after a great round of 4-under on Thursday.

He birdied the last after hitting his 140m approach within 3ft of the pin.

Peter Lonard made the cut at +1. It was touch and go after he made bogey in three of his first six holes but bad weather in the afternoon helped his cause as the cut line fell back to +2.