CASUAL golfer Nathan Bowman hopes to end a run of near misses in the Wagga City Golf Club club championships this weekend.
Bowman will head into the final two rounds this weekend with a four-shot lead as he looks to win his maiden club championship title.
The 32-year-old managed a round of 74 in last Saturday’s second round to open up a four-shot lead over Jeremy Whalan and Matt Tooze.
Bowman has been close several times in recent years and hopes he can break through this weekend.
“I’ve come close a couple of times,” Bowman said.
“I’ve been within a couple of shots coming into the last weekend a couple of times but haven’t produced.
“It would be a nice thing to tick off the list.”
Bowman did not enter the championships with much confidence, given his recent form, but is pleasantly surprised to find himself in the lead at the halfway point.
“I’m really happy,” he said.
“I didn’t have too good of form leading up too it but I worked on a couple of things and they came good.
“Just with my irons, I wasn’t hitting the greens but I fixed things up and it seems to have worked.”
Bowman, who plays off a handicap of five, is only a once a week golfer.
He is pretty relaxed heading into the big weekend and has no plans to change his approach.
“There’s no point changing things, he said.
“What I’ve been doing has been working to now so I’ll try not to do anything different.
“As the saying goes, if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.”
Bowman respects his two closest rivals and considers Whalan and Tooze as both legitimate dangers.
He has his sights set in a couple of scores in the 70s and is confident that will prove enough to put his name on the honour roll.
“It’s hard to say. I’m definitely hoping to shoot in the 70s somewhere,” Bowman said.
“I can’t afford to go into the 80s. As long as I can get in the 70s I hope I should be right.”