Bransdon surges clear at Heritage
BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2013 Lexus of Blackburn Heritage Classic | Round One | 24 Jan 2013
39 year old David Bransdon is the leader after the opening round of the Heritage Classic at the Heritage Golf and Country Club in Victoria, the Victorian golfer producing two eagles in his round of 64 to lead by three over veteran Bradley Hughes, Ryan Lynch, Leighton Lyle and New Zealander Mike Hendry.
Bransdon has had a disappointing summer to date, an 8th place finish at the Talisker Masters by far the highlight but this great start provides the opportunity for something more significant.
It’s really good,” said Bransdon of his feat.
“Especially since this is one of the better courses that we play conditions wise and there are not too many Jack Nicklaus golf courses in Australia."
“I didn’t think this golf course would yield that score, because it’s actually hard to hit golf shots near the hole with the greens firm and fast, but I will certainly take it.”
“You have got to hit a lot of good golf shots around here and that’s what I pride myself on being – a good ball striker.”
Hughes is on the comeback trail after regaining his playing rights to play the PGA Tour of Australasia at the recent Tour School. Despite his credentials in the game he was struggling to gain starts in Australian events but his new status will give him access to most events this year.
Hughes twice won the Australian Masters, played the PGA Tour for several years and is generally considered a fine ball striker amongst his peers. He has taken to coaching in recent times and amongst others is working with West Australian Kim Felton, their association appearing to be paying off with Felton’s 4th place finish at the recent Australian Open.
Hendry finished runner-up in the PGA Tour of Australasia’s Order of Merit in a season which included a win at the NZPGA Championship.
For Lynch this result is a turnaround in form after missing ten of his last 13 cuts including his last four.
Leighton Lyle birdied his final two holes to get into a share of second position.
The shock of the day came from PGA Champion Daniel Popovic who was well placed with three holes of his round to play before capitulating over the closing stages with three bogeys and a triple bogey in his last four holes. He finished with 3 over par, a score that currently sees him in 82nd position.
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