THE 2011 Asia-Pacific Senior Amateur Championship is underway at the Royal Perth Golf Club.
More than 65 players from eight countries are participating with the over 55 year of age contestants playing three stroke play rounds for a singles title as well as a national teams event.
West Australian local Ian McPherson lead the tournament after the first round on Thursday, making light work of the strong winds and very fast greens to shoot five birdies in his opening nine holes.
McPherson eventually signed for a 1-over par 73, giving him a two stroke lead over New Zealand’s Murray Martin.
New Zealand were leading the teams competition with Martin, Phil Mosley and Arthur Parker one stroke ahead of the Australia A combination of Stefan Albinski, Denis Dale and Roy Vandersluis.
The Australia B team of Chris Coats, Peter King and Paul Maslen were two shots further back in third place.
Teams from Australia, Pakistan, India, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, The Philippines and Singapore are taking part in the event.
Back to defend the singles title he won last year is Pakistan’s Taimur Amin. The three day event concludes on Friday.