Senior sets early pace in Christchurch

BY | Australasian PGA Tour | 2007 NZ PGA Championship | 22 Feb 2007
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Aussie Peter Senior has set the early pace with a 6 under 66 in the first round of the HSBC NZ PGA Championship at Christchurch today.

Senior, the newly appointed Chairman of the Australasian Tour fired seven birdies and one bogey on his way to 6 under after a slow start on the back nine this morning.

He parred the first three holes before a bogey on the 13th but recovered with a birdie on the par 5 14th.

“The back nine is alot harder to start off on than the front nine, said Senior. “There are a couple of long holes and I didn’t really get started until the 14th. I went one under at 17 and then I was able to pick up from there.”

Senior finished the front nine on 1 under before picking up birdies on the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 6th and 7th to come home leading the field.

The overcast conditions and 16 degree temperatures are in vast contrast to the 40 plus numbers players contended with in Adelaide last week at the Jacob’s Creek Open.

He said conditions were good but that he expected the winds to pick up and test the mettle of many players.

“The last two days have probably been the best two we’ve ever seen here, said Senior, but I expect the wind will pick up on the weekend. The fairways are narrower this year so the premium will be hitting fairways and those players who hit it straight will be rewarded.”

Senior is refreshed after having had his longest break from the game in his 30-year career.

“I went to Canada with my family for Christmas and did not hit a ball for five weeks. I played pretty well last week. When you get on a roll as I did today then the course seems so much easier, and vice versa,” he said.

Americans Chez Reavie and Ryan Howison, the early movers on Day 1 are currently 5 and 6 under respectively with Howison on 15 and Beavie finished for the day.

Senior’s playing partners American Scott Sterling and young aussie David Lutterus haven’t faired so well. Sterling had an up and down day and was still 2 over on 15 but finished on 1 over, whilst Lutterus found the morning frustrating, firing 2 bogeys and a double bogey to end on 4 over.

There are sixteen New Zealanders carrying the hopes of the home country with a Kiwi yet to win this event. David Smail at 111 on the Official World Golf Rankings is the highest ranked Australasian playing at the event alongside Iles, Michael Long, Steven Alker, Phil Tataurangi, Mark Brown, Eddie Lee, Tim Wilkinson, Doug Holloway, Mark Brown, Matt Holten, Michael Hendry, John Williamson, Hamish Robertson, Mahal Pearce and Grant Moorhead.

Source – PGA Tour

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