Rookie Hunt tears up NSW PGA
BY iseekgolf.com | Von Nida Tour | 2007 New South Wales PGA Championship | Round One | 08 Feb 2007
Defending champion Paul Marantz has produced a near flawless display of ball striking to record a six-under-par round of 66 in the opening round of the NSW PGA Championship at Riverside Oaks. Marantz is in equal second position, one stroke behind Queensland rookie Lee Hunt (65).
Hunt took advantage of the calm morning conditions and receptive greens recording nine birdies on his way to a seven-under-par 65. Hunt spend over a year out of the game recovering from injury but is now enjoying his return to tournament golf. “I’ve been working pretty hard with my coach Peter Heiniger and now it’s coming around. The putter worked well today.”
Hunt explained he “enjoyed playing with some of the bigger names” lining up in the NSW PGA this week and is looking forward to the tussle with defending champion Paul Marantz.
While best known for his length, Marantz displayed extraordinary accuracy hitting all 18 greens including hitting all four par-fives in two shots. “I didn’t have to chip it much,” said the nonchalant Marantz, who has reduced his playing schedule to tie in with family commitments.
Marantz’s round of 66 puts him in a tie for second along side the 2006 Victorian PGA Champion Steven Jeffress and the 2006 Samoan Open Champion Joshua Carmichael (NZ).
Former touring professional and now resident professional at Richmond Golf Club, David Ecob, finished with a round of five-under-par 67 to finish in tied fifth position.
Day one provided ideal scoring conditions with overnight rain and only light wind assisting in over 80 players in the field breaking par. Some of the bigger names struggled with Greg Charlmers (74), Wayne Perske (74) and Craig Spence (75) having their work ahead of them if they are to survive the 36 hole cut.
Source – PGA Australia