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Australian Amateur day one

(Photo: Bruce Young)
In-form West Australian Brady Watt and Victorian Todd Sinnott share the lead at 6-under par after the first round of qualifying at Commonwealth and Woodlands Golf Clubs in Melbourne.

Watt, who is the hottest performing golfer in Australian amateur golf in recent months, recorded eight birdies and two bogeys at Woodlands while Sinnott finished with seven birdies and a bogey at Commonwealth.

The pair are two strokes ahead of Queenslander Taylor MacDonald and New South Welshman Dale Brandt-Richards who finished with 68s.

Another Queenslander, Viraat Badhwar, who last week won the Master of the Amateurs, finished with a 3-under par 69 to be in outright fifth.

One of the pre tournament favourites, Cameron Smith, recovered from a slow start to finish with even par 72.

The second round of qualifying is held on Wednesday.

"Click here for Men's Results":https://www.golfaustralia.org.au/site/_content/document/00013625-source.pdf


In the Ladies qualifying Western Australia's Minjee Lee leads after an opening round 5-under par 68 in fine conditions at Woodlands Golf Club.

Lee, a former runner-up at the Championships and the US Junior Champion in 2012, mixed eight birdies with a bogey and double bogey to lead by one stroke from New Zealander and World Number 1 amateur Lydia Ko and Western Australia's Tatiana Wijaya who shot 4-under par 69s.

Victorian Grace Lennon and New Zealand's Munchin Keh are tied fourth at 3-under par.

Western Australia's Hannah Green is tied with China's Jing Yan and Japan's Asuka Kashiwabara in sixth place after 2-under par 71s.

The second round of qualifying is held on Wednesday.

"Click Here for Women's Results":https://www.golfaustralia.org.au/site/_content/document/00013624-source.pdf

The Australian Amateur Championships presented by Audi are held at Commonwealth and Woodlands Golf Clubs from 15-20 January.

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