Australians Adam Bland (SA), Alistair Presnell (VIC) and Daniel Gaunt (VIC) have upstaged their more experienced rivals to lead after the first day of the 2010 JBWere Masters.
The trio lead the tournament at six-under after a low scoring day at Victoria Golf Club.
Seven players; Kurt Barnes, Steve Collins, Craig Hasthorpe, Matthew Millar, Luke Bleumink, Gareth Paddison and Andre Stolz, share fourth place two shots back from the leaders at four-under.
In the morning field good friends Presnell and Bland emerged as the early leaders, the duo surprising even themselves as they led the world-class field.
Presnell, a member at nearby Huntingdale, said despite shooting a final round of 60 to win the 2010 Cellarbrations Victorian PGA Championship in February, he was surprised to share the lead based on his recent form.
“I am pinching myself that I can actually be under-par never mind shooting a 65 so its very nice,” the 31-year-old said post round.
“I hit a few balls within 10 or 15 feet and the putter actually worked. I have had a bit of a battle with the putter over the last month or two but today it worked quite nicely.”
Presnell’s Nationwide Tour travelling partner Bland shared similar sentiments.
“I think this week the expectations just aren’t there. I’ve been playing some pretty bad golf for the last three months and really struggling mentally… hopefully this is the turning point for me,” he said.
On the other end of the spectrum, Daniel Gaunt expects to play well this week. And win.
A former member of Victoria Golf Club, Gaunt, who has spent his last 10 years in Europe, gained entry to the tournament via a sponsors invite having played little golf in Australia over the past few years.
A European Tour card holder in 2011 thanks to a win on the European Challenge Tour earlier this year, Gaunt has finally started to enjoy success after years of hard work.
“I came here to win, basically,” an honest Gaunt said during his press conference.
“It's one of my home tracks and I feel comfortable around here and that's what I want to do, achieve a win on home soil.”
Of the drawcards in the field Tiger Woods fared best shooting two-under to sit in T17.
Camilo Villegas finished even for the day while Geoff Ogilvy had an up and down day to finish one-over par.
Robert Allenby and Sergio Garcia are both at two-over par.
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Round 2 kicks off tomorrow at Victoria Golf Club from 6.45am.
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**Limited Parking at the JBWere Masters**
With over 13,000 spectators on course today carparks reached near capacity. It is highly recommended that spectators travel by public transport to The Victoria Golf Club.
Cheltenham Train Station is on the Frankston Line, and the journey from the city will take approximately 30 minutes.
The following bus routes operate to Cheltenham Train Station: 827, 828, 811/812, 600/922/923. In addition, a major bus interchange is located at Southland, which is approximately a 20 minute walk from The Victoria Golf Club along the Nepean Highway. Routes operating to Southland (including the routes above) are: 631, 708, 767, 823 and 825. For further information on using public transport to The Victoria Golf Club, visit the Metlink website on www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au or call 13 16 38. Upon exiting Cheltenham Train Station, head west along Park Road, and The Victoria Golf Club, is approximately 10 minutes walk away.
Park and Ride
Alternative arrangements include driving to train stations on the Frankston line. Park at stations such as Bentleigh, Moorabbin, Mentone or Mordialloc and catch the train to Cheltenham Station.
Parking is limited at the venue. Carpooling is an alternative option for people driving. Get four in a car and park for free. Public car park entry is off Weather all Road.
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