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The 2018 National Senior Masters Championship kicked off this morning, as 192 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. Players were greeted with pleasant golfing conditions and the stage was set for a low opening round score.
Greg Rhodes (Coomealla GC) hit off in the early morning and set the benchmark for the afternoon field, returning the low round of the day with a 4-under-par 68. Rhodes birdied 6 holes in a row through holes 8-13 to put himself 5 shots clear in the race for the ‘Green Jacket’. There are five interstate players tied for second who will be looking to reduce the deficit tomorrow, those being Stefan Albinski (Mona Vale GC), Ian Crichton (Concord GC), Rowan Easterbrook (Oatlands GC), Greg Ellis (Forster-Tuncurry GC) and Simon Dunstone (Gungahlin Lakes GC).
In the nett championship, Gungahlin Lakes (ACT) member Simon Dunstone has set the pace with a brilliant opening round of nett 66 from a daily handicap of 7. Dunstone returned a highly impressive front-9 score of 35 off the stick which helped him on his way to a 3-shot lead over Rhodes, Crichton and Keith Finkelde (Latrobe GC) who all finished with nett 69 for the day.
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 sunny day on the forecast, an opportunity for players to go low is on the cards.
To view overall results & both the Gross & Nett Championship leaderboards, click here.