THERE is a three way tie for the lead at the completion of day one of the Coca Cola Queensland PGA Championship, opening rounds of 8 under par 62 leaving a trio of players one shot ahead of the field.
Queenslanders Peter Martin and Blake Proverbs and Victorian James Marchesani all posted the impressive numbers at the City Golf Club in Toowoomba, one ahead of Lincoln Tighe and New Zealander Daniel Pearce.
Despite the threat of potentially nasty weather, the skies cleared and perfect conditions welcomed the field in round one and with 70 players under par after the opening 18 holes the scoring reflected the conditions.
Martin has played the China Tour in each of the past two seasons but without any recognisable success.
Despite earning the right to play in Australasian Tour events via the recent Tour School, he has struggled in his three starts this year but has obviously found a comfort zone at the City Golf Club.
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Queensland’s Blake Proverbs, another to gain playing rights to the PGA Tour of Australasia Tour School, only recently turned professional, the 20 year old from the Pacific Golf Club in Brisbane playing just his third event as a professional.
“I felt strong with 3-iron on the range this morning so I took that for most of the holes out there,” Proverbs said.
“I didn’t really hit driver but when I did hit it I did hit the fairway and there were a couple of birdies out there.”
The early leader only turned Pro six months ago with his first start in the Oates Vic Open yielding an impressive top-15 finish.
“I feel pretty confident after that start at the Vic Open and it was just unfortunate I was third reserve in the New Zealand Open, it would’ve been nice to play that one,” Proverbs said.
Victorian James Marchesani produced his best result as a professional in Australia when he finished 3rd at the recent Victorian PGA Championship.
Marchesani played collegiate golf in the US at Oklahoma City University where his efforts earned him the Jack Nicklaus Award in 2014.
The 27-year-old comes from good sporting stock, his father Frank playing for both Fitzroy and Carlton in AFL football.
Some of the more credentialed players involved this week include James Nitties, who opened with a round of 65, as did Matthew Millar.
Defending champion David Klein was also round in 65 while the tournament’s leading world ranked player and joint runner-up at last week’s New Zealand Open, Brad Kennedy, began his week with a round of 66 on the par 70 layout.
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