Chalmers takes morning lead on day one
BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2004 Australian Open | Round One | 25 Nov 2004
“I love the Australian Open,” said the leader at the halfway stage of day one, Greg Chalmers. “I love the Australian Open,” said the leader at the halfway stage of day one, Greg Chalmers. “I haven’t played well in Australia for a long time and today it was as much about being excited to be at home as anything else that got me going. I have only played 23 events this year rather than the 33 or so I normally play so irrespective of what happens for the rest of the week, it was nice to get fired up again.”
“I just feel like I have so much energy which is not normally the case in November for me.”
Chalmers was of course referring to the fact that with only limited status this year he has had only limited starts and is now without a tour card having missed stage two qualifying in the US recently.
Chalmers’ first round 67 has him a two shot leader at 1:30 pm EDT, over the 22-year-old Colombian Camilo Villegas, Stuart Appleby and Aaron Baddeley, who have all finished their rounds. At one under and recording a round that even he could be excused for pinching himself about is the 19-year-old New Zealander Travis O’Connell. O’Connell qualified on Monday having made it to the final stage of qualifying by virtue of his good performance at the Australian Amateur where he qualified inside the top sixteen.
Villegas is a young, charismatic figure who earlier this year finished 7th at the BC Open. He missed stage two qualifying recently but he expects to get several starts on the USPGA Tour via his management company IMG.
Another young amateur is at 1 under, the 17-year-old Jason Day who is still on the course but amongst those that finished their rounds at 1 under are Scott Hend, Stephen Leaney, Martin Doyle and Nick O’Hern. Players on the course at one under include Rod Pampling, Jarrod Lyle (Eisenhower representative) and Gavin Coles.
Conditions remain perfect as the afternoon field gets underway with fine, warm, weather continues.
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