Date: August 01, 2008

Flanagan starts well

Nick Flanagan is the best placed Australian after the first round of the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open in Nevada. The New South Welshman shot five birdies on his way to a three-under par 69 to be four shots off leader Jeff Overton. His compatriots struggled on the opening day with Andrew Buckle (-2) and Matt Jones (-1) the only other Australians to post scores under par. USA&aposs Overton shot four successive birdies from holes two to five to get off to a cracking start in his round. A further three birdies on the back nine had him sitting two shots clear at seven-under. Fellow Americans Harrison Frazar, Marco Dawson, John Merrick and the UK&aposs Brian Davis are all well in contention at five-under. Of the other Australians in the field, Steve Allan is still a chance at even-par, while Steve Elkington (+1), Nathan Green (+2) and Gavin Coles (+2) all have plenty of work to do. Mark Hensby and David Lutterus will both struggle to make the cut after posting disappointing rounds of 77 and 78 respectively. Legends Reno-Tahoe Open Results from Round 1 -7: Jeff Overton 65 -5: Harrison Frazar 67, Brian Davis 67, Marco Dawson 67, John Merrick 67 -4: Jay Delsing 68, Ian Leggatt 68, Tag Ridings 68, Charles Warren 68, Omar Uresti 68, Cameron Beckman 68, Michael Allen 68, Larry Mize 68, Carlos Franco 68, Kevin Streelman 68, Jason Gore 68, Parker McLachlin 68, Mathias Gronberg 68 -3: Charley Hoffman 69, Mark Brooks 69, Dick Mast 69, Len Mattiace 69, Ted Schulz 69, Neal Lancaster 69, Bob Estes, Nick Flanagan (Australia) 69 Also: -2: Andrew Buckle (Australia) 70, -1: Matt Jones (Australia) 71 Ev: Steve Allan (Australia) 72 +1: Steve Elkington (Australia), Grant Waite (New Zealand) 73, Tim Wilkinson (New Zealand) 73 +2: Nathan Green (Australia) 74, Gavin Coles (Australia) 74 +5: Mark Hensby (Australia) 77 +6: David Lutterus (Australia) 78, Phil Tataurangi (New Zealand) 78