The New Zealand golfer David Smail is three shots off the leaders at the Moonah Classic in Victoria at the halfway mark.
Smail's four under par 68 second round has him in a tie for ninth behind the Australian Michael Sim, joint leader with Argentina's Miguel Angel Carballo on eight under overall.
Sim, formerly the world's top amateur, fared far better than the current amateur number one, Rotorua's Danny Lee, who missed the cut.
The winner of last week's Johnnie Walker Classic couldn't find that same form, carding a 75 to go with his 74.
Compatriots Michael Long, , Mahal Pearce, Gareth Paddison, Leigh McKechnie and Phil Tataurangi all made the cut, set at even par.
Grant Waite, Josh Geary, Steve Alker, Mark Purser and Brad Shilton joined Lee in failing to make the cut.