Date: May 01, 2008

Aussies seize Trans Tasman lead

Defending champions Australia hold a 10-6 edge after a wet and windy opening day of the Trans Tasman Cup at Royal Wellington Golf Club in New Zealand. As weather forced the cancellation of the morning foursomes, play commenced in the afternoon with the opening round of singles. The the Aussie junior boys and girls led the way, both taking honours 3.5 points to 0.5. Brendan Smith was particuarly impressive with his 5/4 win over Steve Ha while Bryden Macpherson was also in good form, taking his match 4/3 over Peter Spearman-Burn. Jessica Speechley recorded Australia&aposs biggest win of the day with a 6/5 triumph over Hayley Clinning as the visitors skipped away to an early lead. The open women&aposs division was the most hotly contested as the singles finished square at two matches apiece. Srixon Women&aposs Australian Amateur Champion Kristie Smith proved her mettle with a 5/4 win over Larissa Eruera as compatriot Stephanie Na fell 4/3 to Dana Kim playing in the number one position. The only joy for the hosts on day one came thanks to the open men. Scott Arnold was the sole Aussie to get a win as Nick Gillespie, Jared Pender and Daniel Pearce all scores 2/1 wins over their respective opponents. Arnold was particuarly impressive as he posted a round of five-under against Lee who was particuarly dangerous at last month&aposs Srixon Australian Amateur in Adelaide. Final day action gets underway on Friday morning. Follow the action at