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McKenzie and Lonard begin Champions Tour Qualifying

McKenzie makes solid start in Arizona
The opening round of the Final Stage of Qualifying for the 2018 Champions Tour has been completed at the TPC Scottsdale’s Champions Course in Arizona and the two Australians in the field have made varying starts to their campaigns to earn one of the elusive cards that will allow them to play the lucrative tour next year.

David McKenzie, who already has some status on the Champions Tour after several good finishes when playing a few events via Monday qualifying in recent months, opened with a round of 2 under 69 to be in a share of 19th place in the while Peter Lonard is in 41st position after his opening round of even par 71.

McKenzie was at 4 under par through 10 holes of his round before dropping two shots over his closing holes while Lonard began his round with an eagle at his first hole before dropping three shots then added a birdie at the last.

Both are playing for one of just five cards available although as stated earlier McKenzie already enjoys some status.

Lonard has played just the one Champions Tour event when finishing third behind Bernhard Langer and Corey Pavin at the Senior Open Championship at Royal Porthcawl in July.  

The event, which is being played over 72 holes, is led after day one by Brian Henninger who opened with a round of 61 to be at 10 under.

He leads by two in what was a day of low scoring.   

PETER LONARD

 

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