Date: December 11, 2015
Author: PGA of Australia

Cain, Felton share NSW PGA lead

A mix of youth and experience led the NSW PGA Championship after Thursday's first round being at the new Bungool course at Riverside Oaks Golf Resort.

Playing early, Marcus Cain watched on as the young guns smashed their drives past him but his steady style of play set him in good stead.

But showing great touch arond the greens, Cain fired a bogey-free 7-under 65 to be the early leader.

"I played reasonably well. I hit it on the fairway all day and hit probably six (shots) to six feet and made all of them," Cain said.

"I just chipped it around and watched the boys go at the greens on the par-4's while I was laying it up, it's that sort of a golf course where you need to chip it around."

It took until the third last group of the afternoon field for anyone to catch him with rookie pro Jarryd Felton also posting a 65.

It's a strong start for Felton who is hoping for a win this week to avoid a trip to final stage of Qualifying School early next year.

"It's really good for me this week, I am playing for my life now and a trip to Q-School, so it's good to get it off to a good start and I am looking forward to a good end to the week," he said.

"I am into the final stage of Q-School which is good for me, but definitely a win would change that and to get that category would be great."

Sitting just one shot behind the leading duo is Bellarine Peninsula-based PGA trainee graduate Deyen Lawson, who has knowledge of the course on his side after the NSW/ACT Trainee Championship was held here in August.

Joining him on the leaderboard at -6 is US PGA Tour player Rhein Gibson who was five under after his first five holes. 

Rounding out the top five on the leaderboard are Geoff Drakeford, Brett Rankin and Andrew Campbell.