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Holman takes advantage of mistake

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21 year old Victorian Amateur Nathan Holman holds a two shot lead after the first round of the Turner Plumbing Victorian PGA Championship.

One of Australia's top Amateurs with victories including the 2011 Riversdale Cup and 2012 Mandurah Open, Holman joined this week's PGA field after missing the entry cut off for the Australian Amateur, also being contested this week.

Despite the fact that the Amateur event is being partly played at his home club, Woodlands Golf Club, a confident Holman says he's more than happy to be playing at Forest Resort Creswick.

"I'm happy to be here. This is what I want to be doing in the future," said Holman, who played five Professional tournaments last season.

"I'm felling more and more comfortable with every Pro event I play. The more the better, so hopefully this form continues."

Holman got out to a fast start through the front nine this morning, and by the 10th had carded two eagles.

Finishing with a 6-under total, he said he was happy to finish so well considering his lack of preparation.

"I'd played the first 11 holes in practice, but the last seven I didn't really know what I was doing. I was just going off my book. I was hitting the ball well though, so it was alright," he said.

"The wind got up towards the end. There were a few times we had to change clubs because of the gusts, but it's also getting pretty hot. It's going to be tough out there for the guys this arvo, so I'm pretty happy to be finished."

While there are still three rounds to go, Holman says he's hoping to continue the 2012 trend of Amateur success on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

"Obviously with Goss and Higginbottom winning last year, we're not that far off. Anything is possible," said Holman, who plans to turn Professional for the WA swing in late 2013.

"I'm pretty happy with the schedule I've got at the moment so I think I'll play that out and hopefully turn Pro at the end of this year."

Holman leads by 2 over Leigh McKechnie who shot a first round of 4-under.

Despite increasing wind gusts and temperatures reaching 38 in the afternoon, Pieter Zwart, Steve Jones, Kris Mueck and Josh Younger were the best performers of the PM field finishing at 3-under par alongside Andre Stolz who played in the morning.

Seven players sit a further shot back at 2-under including Ashley Hall, Aaron Townsend, Paul Sheehan and Scott Laycock.

Day 1 saw two withdrawals from the Championship including Sven Puymbroeck (illness) and Kim Felton (recurring wrist injury.)

Felton withdrew before his tee time, allowing Mitch Davis (75) to step into the field.

Round 2 of the Turner Plumbing Victorian PGA Championship will get underway from 7.00am Friday morning.

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