Date: June 20, 2007

Blizard seeks prestigious Amateur double

Rohan Blizard shot a superb round of 66 in the first round of qualifying for the British Amateur at Royal Lytham & St Annes. The 22-year old is seeking to add the prestigious title to the Australian Amateur Championship he collected at New South Wales Golf Club in March. Blizard&aposs round on St Annes Old Links included a spectacular run of six birdies in seven holes to all but guarantee his qualification for the match play stage of the championship. A bogey on 13 was his only blemish but another birdie to close made it a day to remember for the Aussie. West Australian Rick Kulacz is also in a strong position after shooting a 67 which included four birdies and an eagle while Scott Arnold is a further stroke back. National Squad newcomer Matthew Griffin is not far off the pace with a 69 while Australian Amateur Stroke Play Champion Andrew Dodt carded a 70 and will need to fight on the second qualifying day to make the top 64. Local David Horsey set the pace on day one with a cracking 64. Horsey played in the Australian Amateur earlier this year, falling to compatriot Steve Lewton in the opening round. Australian results after round one of qualifying T5: Rohan Blizard 66 T13: Rick Kulacz 67 T24: Scott Arnold 68 T41: Matthew Griffin 69 T64: Andrew Dodt 70 T94: Tim Stewart, Rhein Gibson 71 T178: Jamie Arnold 74 T230: Blake McGrory 76 T272: Josh Younger 80 Click here for a full leader board