Sinnott best of Aussies at Dogwood

Todd Sinnott is the best of the Aussies in a tie for 8th position following the opening two rounds of the Dogwood Invitational in Atlanta.

The Victorian fired rounds of 70-68 to be at 6-under-par and five from the leader, American Luke Guthrie.

Sinnott was the 2009 Victorian Boys Champion and before leaving for the US secured top-10 finishes at the Riversdale Cup and Mandurah Easter Amateur this Australian season. This is Sinnott's maiden US tour having recently come through the Victorian junior ranks where he came runner-up in the Geoff Ogilvy Averages competition for 2009.

Kalem Richardson is the best placed Aussie after Sinnott in a tie for 14th after opening rounds of 69-70 to be at 5-under-par, with Bryden Macpherson a stroke back at 4-under-par after rounds of 68-72 to be in a tie for 18th and seven from the leader.

Guthrie presently enjoys a stroke lead at 11-under-par over Nate McCoy after opening with rounds of 68-65.

The world number 23 brought some form into the Dogwood with a top-15 finish last week at the Northeast Amateur and has secured a victory this season winning the Big 10 Championship in the US. Guthrie was also an alternate recently at the US Open and was equal leader player in the NCAA D1 Central Regional.

As for the remaining Australians, Maverick Antcliff is in a tie for 27th position at 3-under-par after rounds of 69-72, Daniel Bringolf is at even-par for the event with rounds of 73-71 to be in a tie for 45th, while Brett Drewitt is at 2-over-par and in a tie for 56th position after rounds of 72-74.

New Zealander Mathew Perry is at 4-over-par after rounds of 75-73.

In the tournament's 70 year history the Dogwood title has fallen into Australian hands once with Andrew Buckle winning the event in 2002.

Sinnott is five from the leader and with two rounds remaining has an opportunity to make ground on the Americans. In what is in effect his first real hit out in the US, Sinnott has so far displayed poise and confidence in this game at Atlanta. The closing rounds at Druid Hills will test the Victorian and it will be with interest that we will follow his progress.

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