NEW SOUTH WALES, Australia (Feb. 1, 2012) --It was tough conditions for the first day of play in the 2012 Men’s NSW Amateur Championship, incorporating the NSW Medal and the 2011 Champion of Champions.
Around 260 players teed off for their first round of 18-holes, the field split between Long Reef and Mona Vale Golf Club’s. Those in the afternoon groups were fortunate to experience some dry weather, while those teeing off in the morning were challenged significantly by wind and rain.
Good scores were hard to come by, however it was the group at Long Reef who finished the day strongly to lead the field. Englishman Neil Raymond had a great score of four under (67) to take poll position. Former Long Reef member Patrick Wilson, now playing in the College system in the US, had three under (68) to sit comfortably in second.
David Morgan (Morriset GC) was the leading player at Mona Vale and finished third overall with two under (70). Irishman Gary Hurley shot one under (70) at Long Reef to sit in fourth position, while a further one shot behind on equal fifth is Jake Higginbottom (The Australian GC), Troy Moses (Glenmore GC) Callan O’Reilly (Pennant Hills GC) and Daniel Bringolf (The Australian GC) all shooting an even round at Long Reef, and Kiwi Tim Leonard, Zac Mullins (St. Michaels GC) and Matt Scarfone (Concord GC) who finished square at Mona Vale.
Tomorrow the field will swap courses for their second round of 18-holes.
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