Wodonga golf product Zach Murray has some work to do if he's to claim back-to-back New Zealand Open titles.
Murray is tied for 45th at one-under par, well behind South Korea's Joohyung Kim, who leads at 11-under par after two rounds at Millbrook Golf Resort.
He went around the front nine one-over par after bogeys at two and seven and just the one birdie at the par four fifth.
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Murray dropped further shots at 10 and 11 to slip to one-under, but got one back with a birdie at 14.
His fifth bogey of the round came at 16 to fall to even par, but he birdied 17 and made par on the last to finish in red figures.
Murray birdied six of his first 10 holes on Thursday, before handing three shots back before the end of the round.
Corowa's Marcus Fraser missed the cut, finishing Friday at two-over par.