Date: November 15, 2012
Author: Jonathan Healy, Omnisport

Richardson sets lofty goals

Being in contention after the opening round of a tournament is something Kalem Richardson has already experienced in his short professional career, but being in the same position come Sunday is something the Tasmanian golfer is still working hard on. Richardson, who has been playing as a professional for a little over 12 months, posted an impressive round of 68 at the Talisker Masters on Thursday and is just one shot behind world number five Adam Scott as the opening day&aposs play at Kingston Heath comes to a close. The 24-year-old made a similar fast start at the Maekyung Open in May when he held the joint lead after the opening round of the OneAsia tournament, only to bomb out of contention following three rounds in the 70s. A final round of 80 at the High1 Resort Open also spoiled Richardson&aposs hopes of a good payday in September and that is why the quietly spoken man from Launceston was not getting carried away with his four under effort on Melbourne&aposs sandbelt course. “I know I can start tournaments well, but it&aposs all about putting four rounds together,” Richardson said. “I&aposve set my goals pretty high… they are more towards the end of the week now.” Richardson endured a mixed day on the greens at Kingston Heath, with his five birdies and one eagle offset by three dropped shots on a morning that saw some good scoring. “On the front nine I was hitting it really, really well,” he said. “I guess the back nine I didn&apost quite hit it quite the way I wanted to, but I was making more putts. “So it kind of evened itself out and I was playing well.” The aim for Richardson now is simple. They say tournaments don&apost really start until the back nine on Sunday and Richardson wants to make sure he doesn&apost replicate his effort in Korea and does enough on the next two days to be in contention on Sunday. “I&aposm a little bit more ahead of what I was expecting to be sitting after the first round, but I&aposve just got to go out there and just keep playing well,” he said. “I did put a lot of pressure on myself (in Korea). “I was up top and I guess I got off to a bit of a rough start, a nervous start and was playing catch-up for the rest of the week after that. “When I go out there tomorrow I&aposm just going to get really in the process and play shot by shot and not worry too much if I make a couple of mistakes. “I&aposm feeling pretty good about my game, so I&aposve just got to go back out there and work on the things I didn&apost do quite that well today and hopefully go out tomorrow and do those things well.”