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Banting Gets Another Boost of Confidence

Rookie Matt Banting earned a critical Round Two victory over fellow Australian Adrian Buchan. The rookie gained a slight edge in this opening exchange, bettering Ace's opening score by a fraction of a point. In the end, this small margin was just enough to overtake the the top-seeded Tour veteran. (12.00-11.34).

Sitting at No. 30 on the Jeep Leaderboard, Banting needed this win. Following his best result of the year in France (5th), he needs another huge result in order to have a chance at re-qualifying for next year's Championship Tour.

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