Date: September 21, 2007

Aussies just off the pace

Jeff Gove and Chad Campbell may be tied at the top of the leaderboard after Thursday&aposs opening round of the Turning Stone Resort Championship but the Australian pair of John Senden and Matthew Goggin are just one stroke adrift of the leaders. Both Gove and Campbell turned in excellent first round performances, carding seven-under 65s for the day to be one shot ahead of six players tied for second. Of those six, Goggin was probably the most unfortunate. The Australian was at seven-under going into the 18th with the opportunity to take an outright lead of the tournament, but a final hole bogey prevented the Australian from doing this. Goggin is now alongside, Senden, who also carded a six-under 66 on the first day. Senden&aposs round was a little more erratic though, particularly on his front nine where he recorded two birdies, a bogey and an eagle on eight. One stroke behind Goggin and Senden, is Australia&aposs Robert Allenby who posted a consistent five birdies in a flawless five-under 67 to be a shot ahead of Mark Hensby (68). Other Australians still in contention are Andrew Buckle and Peter Lonard, who both carded three-under 69s as Stuart Appleby, Paul Gow and Nathan Green all find themselves level on two-under. First Round of the Turning Stone Resort Championship: -7 Jeff Gove 65, Chad Campbell 65 -6 Steve Flesch 66, John Senden (Australia) 66, Mathew Goggin (Australia) 66, Brendon de Jonge 66 -5 John Rollins 67, John Mallinger 67, Robert Allenby (Australia) 67, Tag Ridings 67, Matt Hendrix 67 -4 Mark Hensby (Australia) 68, David Branshaw 68, Bart Bryant 68, Charles Warren 68, John Cook 68, Michael Putnam 68, Steve Lowery 68, Justin Leonard 68, Robert Gamez 68, Jerry Kelly 68, Joey Sindelar 68, Tom Gillis 68 also: -3 Andrew Buckle (Australia) 69, Peter Lonard (Australia) 69 -2 Stuart Appleby (Australia) 70, Paul Gow (Australia) 70, Nathan Green (Australia) 70 -1 Michael Sim (Australia) 71, Nick O&aposHern (Australia) 71 E Nick Flanagan (Australia) 72 +1 Jarrod Lyle (Australia) 73, Gavin Coles (Australia) 73 +4 Steve Allan (Australia) 76