Australia has work to do after day one of the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation’s junior championship.
The mixed teams event began yesterday at Taiwan’s Sunrise Golf and Country Club with both young Aussie teams faring well in the fourball format, but quite the margin behind runaway leader Japan.
The team of Queensland’s Jed Morgan and Western Australia’s Kathryn Norris combined for a one-under-par score of 71 on the opening day, while New South Wales youngster Jye Pickin teamed with Victoria’s Gabi Ruffels to card a 73.
And while all four were reasonably content with their first round wearing the green and gold on an international stage, they were well off the pace of Japan’s No.1 team of Yuki Ikeda and Riri Sadoyama who torched the layout with a spectacular round of 62.
The second round of the three-day tournament is currently on course, with foursomes the order of the day.
The team is being managed by Ashley Marshall, with current LET and ALPG Tour player Stacey Keating the coach.