Vic Open Round 1 State of Play Live
That’s a wrap from from 13th Beach on day one of the Oates Vic Open!
Aaron Townsend will take a one shot lead into Friday with only 13 men finishing under par for the day.
The Round 1 final leaderboard looks like this:
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With only a few players left on course, Aaron Townsend has a one shot lead at the Oates Vic Open.
Coming off the back of two top-ten finishes at the Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship and the Lexus of Blackburn Victorian PGA Championship, Townsend found a way to persevere in the afternoon conditions.
“That’s one of the windiest days I can remember, it was fun but I’m glad it’s over,” said Townsend who managed to achieve a bogey-free back nine.
“I got a couple of nice breaks which helped, you need them on days like this, but in general I hit the ball exactly where I had to.”
A two-time PGA Tour of Australasia winner, Townsend spent 2013 plying his trade on the Japan Tour, but said he felt a long year away from home took its toll on his game which has showed great promise in recent seasons.
“I was really upset with how poorly I played at the end of last year, so in the six or seven weeks we had off I worked really hard trying to change a few things and get on top of what I thought were bad habits which I think I got out of a long year in Japan being on the road for a long time. But I’m really happy with how I’ve been playing in the last couple of weeks.”
20th February 3.20pm
Playing the Beach Course, Victorian David McKendrick has taken the outright Oates Vic Open lead, moving to 3-under-par. Considering the conditions, McKendrick is handing the course exceptionally well, and is bogey-free through six holes.
McKendrick finished tied for 46 at last
week’s Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship, and is looking for his first
top-10 finish on the PGA Tour of Australasia. He finished T24 at last year’s
Over on the Creek Course, Victorian Amateur Todd Sinnott has moved to 2-under par despite starting his round bogey, bogey. Check out Todd's full scorecard to date below.
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20th February 2.30pm
It’s a slow afternoon for scoring but David McKendrick has joined the leaders at 2-under par.
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20th February 1.30pm
David Bransdon and Andrew Kelly lead the Oates Vic Open despite morning conditions that the players are describing as “brutal.” Bransdon and Kelly finished Round 1 at 2-under par, with the afternoon field now out on course.
Bransdon, who has played consistently well over the last few weeks not finishing outside the top ten at both the QLD and Victorian PGA Championships, said he was really pleased with his round and that he was “stoked” with only two bogeys given the conditions.
“I played very nicely, I’m just glad it’s done. It was brutal out there. No let up. The wind was blowing really hard,” said Bransdon.
“You didn’t feel comfortable out there, it was a hard day at the office.”
"I only made two bogeys… I pretty much just kept it in play, that’s half the battle. Avoid the fairway bunkers, kept it in play and then just hopefully hit it on the green."
"My game's in good shape- hopefully we get a bit of a let up with the breeze and we might be able to control our ball a bit better."
As the wind continues to howl around 13th Beach Golf Links, birdies are again expected to be few and far between for the afternoon field. Adding insult to injury, there's also some showers hovering around Barwon Heads.
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20th February 12.30pm
20th February 11.30am
Mark Allen has dropped back to 2-under par, but still leads the Oates Vic Open with Paul Spargo.
They lead over nine players at 1-under par, including Jack Wilson who just birdied the first hole.
Wilson jumped to prominence last year with an incredible six months that included claiming the Australian Trainee of the Year title, his first Pro title at the WA PGA Championship and a third placing at the Australian PGA Championship behind PGA TOUR players Adam Scott and Rickie Fowler.
Having recently completed his
Traineeship, Jack is now focusing him time on the PGA Tour of Australasia and
hopes to head to Europe at some stage this year.
20th February 10.45am
The wind has picked up again at 13th Beach Golf Links and only 14 players are under par across both the men’s and women’s fields.
Mark Allen continues to lead at 3-under par but there is still plenty of golf to be played in Round 1.
After missing the cut at last week’s QLD PGA Championship, Western Australia’s Michael Sim has started his Oates Vic Open campaign well, and is now 1-under par and into the top 10. Sim, a former PGA TOUR player, has only played limited events over the last few years but has shown glimpses of the form that at one time had him heralded as Australia’s next best player. Many will be hoping he continues to play well this week.
Victorian Cameron Davis is currently the leading amateur at 2-under par. This week Davis plays only his fourth event on the PGA Tour of Australasia, his best result to date coming at the 2013 NSW Open where he finished T19.
20th February 10.20am
Women's Oates Vic Open leaderboard update:
20th February 10.00am
Halfway through his first round, veteran Tour Pro Victorian Mark Allen has taken the Oates Vic Open lead at 3-under par. Allen just birdied the 404m par-4 9th hole to take the lead alongside Amateur Cameron Davis (thru 5 holes).
Chatting to the PGA yesterday, Allen said that while he hadn’t played competitively since 2010 he was committed to performing well this week.
“I’m serious – I want to try and make the cut,” he said yesterday.
“I’m really, really lucky that I play a sport where I have the opportunity to dip my toe back in and I’m grateful for the opportunity.”
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20th February 9.30am
It’s getting a little bit darker and a little bit windier here at 13th Beach, and the scores are reflecting conditions.
With all the morning groups now out on course, Andrew Kelly leads at 3-under par with Mark Allen second at 2-under.
There are plenty of quality players chasing though, including WA's Scott Strange who is 1-under. Scott’s the highest World Ranked player in this week’s PGA Tour of Australasia field, and as a regular European Tour player, would be very familiar with the conditions being served up today.
Crown favourite Jarrod Lyle is also 1-under par, and has a nice little gallery following him around the Creek Course.
If you’re following the Oates Vic Open over the next four days and have an iphone, don’t forget to download the PGA Tour of Australasia app featuring LIVE SCORES, news and all the latest info from 13th Beach.
Head to www.pga.org.au/mobile and follow the instructions to download the app.
20th February 8.45am
New South Welshman Rohan Blizard is the early Oates Vic Open leader and is 3-under through 3 holes this morning. The man from Sydney started birdie, par, eagle on the Beach course to take the early lead.
The 29 year old is a former Australian Amateur champion and claimed his first Professional win at the 2011 John Hughes Geely Nexus Risk Services Western Australia Open Championship.
He missed the cut at last year’s Vic Open, and is looking for redemption in 2014.
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20th February 8.30am
Veteran Tour Pro (and SEN radio host) Mark Allen is sure to attract a lot of attention over the next couple of days, playing his first Tour event since 2010. Marko has been grouped with Amateur Lucas Herbert and Ryan Lynch, son of Mark's first ever coach, Dale. Ryan finished second at the Vic Open in 2013.
Mark will also be hosting his show, The Run Home on SEN, live from 13th Beach over the next two days.
The first groups are out on course this morning with a light wind gusting around the course. We're expecting temperatures of up to 20 degrees on a mostly cloudy day. Winds W/SW 25 to 30 km/h, increasing to 30 to 40 km/h in the middle of the day, then easing to 20 to 25 km/h.
If you know the 13th Beach course well, below
are today’s hole locations.
20th February 7.30am
Welcome to Round 1 of the Oates Vic Open at the spectacular 13th Beach Golf Links!
We'll be bringing you hourly updates from the course so stay tuned for what is sure to be a big first day in Barwon Heads.
Both the men’s and the women’s championships get underway from 7.30am this morning and will be played across two courses (Beach and Creek) in alternating groups.
This is a unique format in Australian golf, and one that the players love, so if you’re in the area get out and support the event.
This week the men are playing for a prizepurse of $150,000 with 18 per cent going to the eventual winner plus an exemption onto the PGA Tour of Australasia until the end of 2015. Worth playing for!
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