Wilson recorded an opening round of 64 which was made up of six birdies and an eagle and he leads by three shots over Queensland based Japanese golfer Kota Kagasaki, Queenslander Damien Jordan, NSW’s Josh Cabban, Victorian Josh Younger and South Korean Doong Gyu Han.
47 players finished the opening day under par and so it will take a low score to secure one of the 40 cards up for grabs this week.
Wilson, a player good enough to have finished third to Adam Scott at the 2013 Australian PGA Championship and runner-up at the NSW Open in that same year, has struggled since and he is currently ranked outside the top 1700 in the world at present.
He is, though, a talented player and this is an encouraging sign for Wilson who has played mainly in Canada and Australasia over the past two years.
Kagasaki has always been a precocious talent but is yet to fulfill the promise he showed when playing events such as the World Junior in his early teens. Now 19, Kagasaki is chasing a tour on which to play and this represents a great opportunity.
Damien Jordan is an interesting character having undertaken two tours of duty in Afghanistan earlier in his life before turning professional. Jordan has actually played quite well during the events he has had access to on the PGA Tour of Australasia of late and a continuation of his good form this week will ensure he has access to even more events.
Josh Younger regained his Asian Tour status last week in Thailand after a season of mixed results in 2015. Younger finished joint runner-up to Nick Cullen at the 2014 Australian Masters and had a great season on the Australasian Tour that season.
Qualifying continues over the next three days.
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