Date: June 14, 2007

Aussies start well in the US

The best Aussies are five off the leaders after the opening round of the Monroe Invitational in New York. National Squad pair Rudi Bezuidenhout and Ray Beaufils both carded solid even-par rounds of 70, trailing outright leader John Ebert of North Carolina. Low-scoring was not a problem on day one as 27 of the 69-strong field found themselves at par or better. West Australian Michael Foster is one stroke back after opening with a 71 while big-hitting Queenslander Aaron Pike is four-over. Michael Raseta is six-over. The Monroe Invitational is the oldest amateur tournament in the United States and reguarly attracts a high-quality field from around the world. Australian Michael Sim won the event in 2005 and is now strutting his stuff on the PGA Tour. Click here to view a full leader board