Prugh defies late conditions at NZ Open

BY Bruce Young | Tour | 2009 New Zealand Open | Round One | 12 Mar 2009

Second season professional, American Alex Prugh, overcame the difficult afternoon conditions at the Hills Golf Club to join early leaders and fellow countrymen, Todd Demsey and Josh Teater, in the lead at the end of day one of the New Zealand PGA Championship near Queenstown.

A cool southerly breeze gathered in strength during the afternoon and there were very few players able to get within striking distance of the early leaders. Prugh was very much the exception however with birdies at four of his last five holes to move quickly up from the middle of the pack.

Prugh is in his second season on the Nationwide Tour having finished 46th in his rookie season in 2008. His best finish was a 3rd at the Cox Classic and in 2009 he has made all three cuts in the events he has played.

Stephen Dartnall heads the Australians at 5 under his recent good form continuing with a morning round of 67 to share 4th position with Martin Piller and Seung-su (Steve) Han, who is in his rookie season on the Nationwide Tour after a collegiate career at the University of Las Vegas.

Conditions are expected to improve further over the next three days with temperatures expected to return to normality.


Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1   ↑T2 -19 Alex Prugh United States 65 71 69 64 269
2   ↓1 -16 Martin Piller United States 67 69 68 68 272
3   ↑T7 -14 Jim Herman United States 68 73 65 68 274
T4   ↑T30 -12 Andrew Bonhomme Australia 73 69 68 66 276
T4   ↑T11 -12 Craig Parry Australia 72 70 65 69 276
T4   ↑T7 -12 Jeff Gove United States 71 63 72 70 276
T4   ↓T2 -12 Josh Geary New Zealand 72 65 68 71 276
T4   ↑T15 -12 Peter Senior Australia 68 73 67 68 276
T4   ↑T15 -12 Stephen Dartnall Australia 67 69 72 68 276
T10   ↑T30 -11 Adam Bland Australia 68 71 71 67 277
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