Date: October 31, 2008

Long leads at WA PGA

Veteran New Zealander Michael Long has fired an opening round of 68 to open up a one-shot lead at the WA PGA. With strong winds making scoring tough, Long carded six birdies and two bogeys in an impressive display to take the clubhouse lead at four-under after one round. Compatriot Mark Purser sits a further shot back in outright second at three-under, while defending champion Jason Norris and veteran Queenslander Peter Senior were among a group of four players to card opening rounds of 70. Only 10 golfers managed to break par in the trying conditions, with New South Welshman James Nitties (75), Western Australian Jarrod Moseley (76) and Victorian Euan Walters (77) among the players to struggle on the opening day. Oceanique WA PGA Championship, Port Bouvard Results Round 1 (Par 72) -4: Michael Long 68 -3: Mark Purser 69 -2: Jason Norris 70, Kevin Conlong 70, Matthew P Griffin 70, Peter A Senior 70 -1: Andrew Gott 71, Anthony Brown 71, Chris Downes 71, Nick Howell 71 E: Mathew Holten 72, Peter J Martin 72, Ryan J Haller 72, Vernon Sexton-Finck 72 +1: Adam J Porker 73, David J Wilson 73, Leigh Mckechnie 73, Marcus Cain 73, Peter J Wilson 73 +2: Adrian Garnett 74, David Diaz 74, Michael Curtain 74, Peter M Nolan 74, Robert Mitchell 74, Ryan T Hammond 74