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The 2019 edition and 10th anniversary of The National Senior Masters Championship kicked off this morning, as 195 senior golfers from all over the country made their way on to the Greg Norman designed par 72 Moonah layout of The National Golf Club.
Three past champions in Tham Chin (The National), Ian Frost (Arundel Hills) and John Wheeler (The National) teed it up in the hope of adding another green jacket to their collection.
A total of 110 golf clubs were represented today, including several international clubs and at least one from all Australian states and territories.
The morning field teed off at 7:30am this morning and tackled trying conditions as wind and rain interfered, something rarely sighted in the history of this event.
John Mihajevic (Royal Canberra) returned the best score in the morning field with 74, highlighted by back-to-back birdies through holes 14 and 15.
The gloomy conditions persisted throughout the afternoon and the strong winds continued to make scoring difficult.
David Edwards (Pennant Hills) and defending champion Ian Frost (Arundel Hills) dealt with the conditions best, firing steady rounds of 74 to set up a three-way tie atop the leader board at the conclusion of round one.
In the nett championship, Ocean Shores (NSW) member Peter Moyle has set the pace with a brilliant opening round of nett 68 from a daily handicap of 9.
Moyle is one of a select group of players to have played in this event every year since its inception in 2010.
Trailing Moyle by two are David Edwards (Pennant Hills) and Paul Beard (Launceston).
Second round play will now move to the famed Robert Trent Jones Jnr Old Course tomorrow, as the field moves through to the halfway mark of this year’s championship.
With a fine and still day on the forecast, an opportunity for players to go low is on the cards.
Click here to view championship leaderboards.