Date: August 12, 2017
Author: Dave Tease

Six in the mix at Country Champs

He might have arrived home only six days ago, but Canberra’s Charlie Cameron has brushed aside jet lag to be one of six players sitting on top of the leaderboard after the first round of the NSW Country Golf Championship at Goulburn Golf Club.

The surprise packet on top of the leaderboard, Cameron has returned to Australia after completing his studies at Northern Illinois University. The 23-year-old seemed to adapt to the conditions well.

“I got off to a rough start in the wind,” he said. “I made a triple early, but recovered, I holed a few putts,” Cameron said.

Cameron was genuinely caught by surprise to hear that the winner of the Country Championship gains a start in the NSW Open in at Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club in November.

“No one has told me that,” he grinned. “That will be neat.”

Last Week’s Port Macquarie Seaside Classic winner and two-time Country Champion Nathan Waters is also among the leaders, alongside Mudgee’s Mark Hale, The Links Shell Cove’s Danny Nesbitt, Thurgoona’s Jason Cawthray, and Shelly Beach’s Jordan Garner.

Four players sit another shot behind at even par, Liam Grandson, Mark Panopoulos, Jake Davies and Jason Barby.

A strong South Westerly breeze kept scores in check for most of the day, and with the super slick greens adding to the test, no one player able to capitalise.

Mudgee representative Mark Hale was upbeat about his round, despite a snafu on the first hole.

"I hit it well, but didn't putt so good – look out tomorrow,” Hale said.

Shelly Beach Golf Cub&aposs Jordan Garner was also pretty satisfied with his first round in the testing wind.

"It was a grind; putting is hard, the greens are quick," Garner said. "I will need to give
Myself a few more opportunities if I want to win.”

Defending Champions, Golf Illawarra lead the team's division by three shots after the first round, with a combined score of four over par. The ACT Monaro is in second position with the Mid North Coast in third, at eight over par.

Round two will begin at 9.30am with a shotgun start