Date: March 13, 2008

Carolan off to a flyer

Australian Tony Carolan has shot a five-under par first round of 67 to be equal leader of the Ballantine&aposs Championship in South Korea after day one. Carolan&aposs first day was faultless as he reeled off birdies on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 9th and 16th holes. The 39-year-old shares the lead with Finn Mikko Ilonen who managed to record six birdies and a bogey at the 7th. Carolan&aposs compatriot Scott Hend heads a cluster of 10 golfers tied for equal third spot after on four under. Hend&aposs round of 68 was an action-packed one which included eagles at the 9th and 10th holes, birdies at the 5th, 6th and 8th that were tempered by bogeys at the 2nd, 12th and final holes. Simon Griffiths (England), Hwang Inn-Choon (South Korea), Shingo Katayama (Japan), Anthony Kim (USA), Prayad Marksaeng (Thailand), Graeme McDowell (Northern Ireland), Paul McGinley (Ireland), Jyoti Randhawa (India) and Jeev Milkha Singh (India) are all level with Hend. Adam Blyth is the next best Aussie on three under while Scott Barr, David Gleeson and Gary Simpson are further back on minus two. First round scores from the Ballantine&aposs Championship, South Korea: (par 72) -5: Tony Carolan (Australia) 67, Mikko Ilonen 67 -4: Scott Hend (Australia) 68, Simon Griffiths 68, Hwang Inn-Choon 68, Shingo Katayama 68, Anthony Kim 68, Prayad Marksaeng 68, Graeme McDowell 68, Paul McGinley 68, Jyoti Randhawa 68, Jeev Milkha Singh 68 -3: Adam Blyth (Australia) 69, Johan Edfors 69, David Frost 69, David Griffiths 69, Garry Houston 69, Kim Hyung-Tae 69, Raphael Jacquelin 69, Tae Hyun Jun 69, Francesco Molinari 69, Carlos Rodiles 69, Thaworn Wiratchant 69 Also: -2: Scott Barr (Australia) 70, David Gleeson (Australia) 70, Gary Simpson (Australia) 70 -1: Terry Pilkadaris (Australia) 71, Kane Webber (Australia) 71 Ev: David Brandson (Australia) 72, Gavin Flint (Australia) 72, Adam Groom (Australia) 72 +1: Scott Strange (Australia) 73 +2: Marcus Both (Australia) 74, Eddie Lee (New Zealand) 74 +3: Richard Lee (New Zealand) 75 +4: Gareth Paddison (New Zealand) 76 +5: Unho Park (Australia) 77