Date: October 26, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Crawford starts well at WA Open

Adam Crawford has taken a one-shot lead after carding a five-under 67 in the first round of the WA Open on Thursday. Crawford was the standout at the Royal Perth Golf Club, making a bogey-free start to the tournament. On a leaderboard dominated by locals, Brett Rumford, Adam Bland, Scott Strange and Terry Pilkadaris are all a shot behind in equal second. Peter Wilson, Daniel Nisbet, Anthony Brown, Samuel Eaves, James McLean and Josh Younger all sit at three under to be in contention. Crawford was pleased with his round, which included birdies on the 3rd, 7th, 9th, 14th and 18th holes. “I played pretty solid today – tee to green. I was fortunate enough to birdie all the par-fives and made another birdie on a par-three, so it was just a really solid round,” he said. Rumford went through a rollercoaster round, managing an eagle to go with five birdies and three bogeys. Starting on the back nine, Rumford was at even par halfway through his round before improving later in the day. An eagle on the par-five 3rd hole kick-started his round and he finished with birdies on the 4th and 7th. Bland made a bright start with five birdies on the front nine – to go with two bogeys – before finishing with a birdie on the 18th. Strange moved into contention thanks to an eagle on the par-five 18th hole, while only a bogey on the 16th stopped Pilkadaris from holding a share of the lead.