Bringolf 67 leads SA Classic

Sydney's Daniel Bringolf fired an opening 4-under-par, 67, for a two stroke lead over Geoff Drakeford and Anthony Houston at the Golf SA Amateur Classic being held at the Glenelg Golf Club, Adelaide.

Bringolf this season has secured numerous top-15 finishes in National Selection events including a 3rd place at the Tasmanian Open back in March.

The NSW State player was obviously pleased to post another low opening round in a main amateur event against one of the strongest amateur fields assembled in a tournament this season.

"It's always good to get off to a great start in these events," said Bringolf.

"Today, I found the course to my liking. I putted well and was playing into position which enabled me to be more aggressive into to greens."

With three rounds left and a field that's stacked with Australian talent which features 15 of the top-20 main Australian amateurs, Bringolf is keeping his current standing against the field in perspective.

"There's a lot of good players out there competing and anything can happen," says Bringolf, the 2010 Northern Territory Open Amateur champion.

Besides the win in the Northern Territory, Bringolf, who started playing golf around Marrickville Golf Club before moving to The Australian, won the prized 2009 NSW Cup with a sizzling second round 64 the same year NSW Golf Club held the Australian Open.

Bringolf is a player capable of going low and staying there, attributes necessary to win these events.

"I know that I can go low where the conditions and my game is right," says Bringolf.

"The focus in these events is to try to be in the mix on Sunday, and that's my plan. Not to get to carry away and retain my focus so as to be in with a chance."

Brett Drewitt exhibited another fine opening round in a main amateur event with a 1-under-par, 70 to be in a tie for 4th along with 2011 Riversdale Cup winner Nathan Holman, defending champion Brad Moules, 2011 Tasmanian Amateur champion Kalem Richardson and 2009 NSW Amateur Champion, Michael Smyth.

Smyth has recently returned to top flight amateur golf following a spell and exhibited the form which at one stage during 2009 had the him inside the world's top-50. It's pleasing to see Smyth fire a solid opening round to place him right in the thick of the action in South Australia and it will be interesting to follow his progress as he has the experience to win an avert like this.

Australian Amateur Champion Matt Stieger opened with a 1-over-par, 72, to have him five from the leader and currently in a tie for 13th position, well inside the top-36 plus ties that will determine the cut after Friday's second round.

With the names of Drewitt, Holman, Moules, Richardson, Smyth, Michael Williams and Rory Burke all within five strokes of Bringolf, this SA Amateur Classic promises to be one of the most interesting National Trial events contested this Australian season.

The title is open for any number of players and that makes it intriguing as to which of our main amateurs will go the distance.

You would expect nothing less from a field packed with talent, it's just a shame that none of the Queensland guns like 2011 Australian Amateur Stroke Play and Australian Boy's champion Cameron Smith, 2011 Federal Amateur champion Tim Hart and Marika Batibasaga are able to attend Adelaide.

Conflicting tournament schedules with the Queensland Amateur prevented that.

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