John Chillas continued to raise hopes of a Scottish victory in the Charles Church Scottish Seniors Open when he held onto the lead at The Roxburghe.
Overnight leader Chillas fired a second round one under par 71 but was joined at the top by Australian David Good, who shot a brilliant 64. They lead the European Seniors Tour event on five under par by a stroke from Italy’s Giuseppe Cali, who carded a 68.
“I had a chance at the turn to build a lead. Missed it from six feet for birdie at 10 and should have made a birdie at 11 and a few other holes. I doubled the 13th. Made a mess of those holes but I am still there or thereabouts. We will see what happens,”said Chillas, who is bidding to become the second Scotsman to win the event in its eleven year history. Scot David Huish triumphed in 1998.
Chillas has triumphed once before on the Seniors Tour in last year’s Travis Perkins Senior Masters at Wentworth Club and has a host of top finishes to his name this year including second place in Jersey.
“Victory on home soil would be extra special. I feel comfortable where I am and hope to put in a good show in the final round,” added Chillas.
Good is another player who has threatened to win on more than one occasion this season. His second place in the season opening Tobago Plantations Seniors Classic is one of eight top ten finishes to his name this year.
After a first round 75 he was delighted to see his name storm to the top of the leaderboard.
“I have got back into the hunt. I was 28th and now I am right up there,” said Good, who has won twice before on the Seniors Tour.
The Australian credited a change of putter for his improved fortune. He bought the new blade from the pro shop at The Roxburghe this week and after three three putts in the first round he decided to give it a try today.
It worked a treat as he toured the front nine in six under par 30 and in total made an eagle and seven birdies. The only blemish to his card was a disappointing bogey on the 18th where he three putted.
“That’s a shame, it leaves a bit of a bad taste in your mouth when you three putt,” said Good, whose most recent victory on the Seniors Tour came in last year’s Tunisian Seniors Open.
Scotland’s Bill Longmuir, Englishmen David J Russell and Nick Job, and Chilean Guillermo Encina are three off the pace.
Hovering close to the leaders is Carl Mason. The Englishman has won three times this season and is second on the Seniors Tour Order of Merit. A second round 71 has left him just four strokes behind the leaders.