Victorian Terry Pilkadaris held a one-shot lead on Friday at the halfway mark of the Victorian Open after a second consecutive round of two-under-par 70 at the 13th Beach Golf Links.
Playing the Creek Course, Pilkadaris had not managed a full practice round due to inclement weather early in the week.
However, he was happy to be well placed at four-under heading into Saturday's third round.
"I three-putted 17; the wind got up so that was a bit disappointing," said Pilkadaris.
"I holed a nice putt for 18 for par, so you can't really dwell on one bad shot. We're back playing on the Beach Course tomorrow so I'm more familiar with that and looking forward to it."
A three-time Asian Tour winner, the Victorian has competed on the PGA Tour of Australasia since 1998 and is philosophical about hunting down his first local Tour win.
"You're always going to get a little tingle. Nerves are a good thing, but you just have to get up and go."
While the leaderboard seesawed all day, fellow Victorian Andrew Kelly felt the worsening gusty conditions more than most, the one-time co-leader suffering a seven-shot swing throughout the course of his round.
"I lost it mid-way through my round. I've been a bit inconsistent lately. I was feeling good early and made a few putts and had a few good bounces but there were a couple of ordinary shots and I lost a lot of confidence with a few clubs," said Kelly who went from leading to outside the top 30 at three-over.
The leaderboard is littered with a mix of youth and experience making for an exciting final two days at Barwon Heads.
Rookie Brett Drewitt is second at three-under while WA's Kim Felton is lurking at two-under alongside New South Welshman Matt Stieger and Queensland's Jun Seok Lee.
Four players sit at one-under with only nine finishing sub-par at the end of play.
The cut was made at four-over and hit some high-profile players including Jarrod Lyle, Perth International Champion Jin Jeong and defending Vic Open champ Matt Giles.