Bond and Younger lead Queensland Open
BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2013 Isuzu Queensland Open | Round One | 22 Aug 2013
South Australian Tom Bond and Victorian Josh Younger share the lead after the opening round of the Isuzu Queensland Open at the Brookwater Golf Club west of Brisbane.
Bond, who is in his rookie season as a professional, and Younger, who plays the PGA Tour of Australasia and OneAsia events when he can get starts, both produced opening rounds of 67 to lead by two over New Zealander Ryan Fox and by three over a large group at 2 under 70.
Bond, who represented his state in the Interstate Series and was a well performed amateur, won the Cottesloe Open in Perth earlier this year, while Younger won the Morobe Open in Papua New Guinea last year, both lesser events than this week’s but they have proven themselves capable of winning.
Bond gained his PGA Tour of Australasia Tour card at the Tour School late last year and has already recorded one or two good finishes at this level.
Fox has also only been a professional for a couple of years but has won a few smaller events in the Pacific Islands and as the son of former All Black Grant he has the sporting genes in the family. He was one of New Zealand’s best amateurs before turning professional and appears set for a good career in the professional ranks.
Amongst those at 2 under and in a share of 4th are brilliant NSW Amateur Cameron Davis who earlier this year won the China Amateur Open and made the semi finals of the Japan Amateur Championship which earns him a start at the Japan Open in a few weeks time.
2012 QLD PGA Champion Andrew Tschudin is another at 2 under as are local Marcus Cain, West Australians Daniel Fox and Kim Felton and veteran New Caledonina Jean Louis Guepy who was played so well on the PGA Tour of Australasia in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.
In perfect conditions, both underfoot and overhead, 17 players broke par today but the cut score on the demanding Brookwater layout already appears as if it will be around 5 over so the Greg Norman designed layout is proving a handful for many.