A revitalised Walters tops the morning leaderboard
BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2003 Australian Open | Round One | 18 Dec 2003
In misty still early morning conditions, the first few groups on day one of the 2003 Australian Open are on the course. As could be expected with such conditions, the scoring in the first two hours or so of play has been good with new look Euan Walters taking the early lead.
Walters who has was 6th at last week’s Australian PGA and 11th at the Australian Mastercard Masters, has lost some 40 kilos from his substantial frame over the last twelve months and the results he is now compiling suggest the work he has done is starting to pay dividends. Walters is three under through six holes and currently leads the tournament by one over Terry Price who opened with consecutive birdies to be two under and Ricky Barnes, the 2002 US Amateur Champion, who is in the early stages of his professional career.
A host of players are at one under including NSW amateur Mitchell Brown, who secured a last minute start when Brett Rumford withdrew this morning. Also at one under are Stephen Leaney, Wade Ormsby, Nick Flanagan, Chris Downes, Greg Chalmers and last week’s Australian PGA Champion, Peter Senior.
Much has been made of the venue but it appears the consensus from most of the leading players is that the course will provide a very good test and that the controversy regarding the venue was somewhat overstated. More difficult conditions later in the week and even later today may sway that early opinion but so far so good for the Australian Open debutant Moonah Links.