QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand (AP)—American Robert Gates shot a 5-under 67 on Fridayto take a one-stroke lead over Australia’s Andrew Dodt after the second round ofthe Nationwide Tour’s season-opening New Zealand Open.
Gates, the 6-foot-6 former Texas A&M player making his Nationwide Tourdebut, had a 12-under 132 total at The Hills. Dodt shot a 68.
“I’m playing well, hit a lot of great shots and made some good putts,”said Gates, who spent last season on the Canadian Tour. “There are no realweaknesses right now and while I hit a few bad irons I managed to get up anddown. I still need to capitalize on some opportunities on some of the easierholes.”
American D.J. Brigman (69) was three strokes back at 9 under, and countrymenKevin Chappell (66) and Darron Stiles (69) were 8 under in the tournament alsosanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia. New Zealand’s David Smail , tied withGates and Dodt for the first-round lead after a 65 on Thursday, was 5 underafter a 74.