FOUR GOLFERS share the lead after the first round of the 2013 Australian PGA Senior Championship at the Richmond Golf Club in western Sydney.
Michael Clayton, Wayne Grady, Neil Purchase and Neil Wall all shot 1-under rounds to lead the field by a stroke.
Eighty six professionals are competing for the title on a course that is one of the oldest in the country.
“My short game was good today and it definitely saved me some shots,” Clayton said after finsihing his round in the afternoon session.
“These greens are small and very tricky so I was lucky to get up and down several times. It will only get tougher over the weekend so I’m pleased with the start.”
On a crowded leaderboard 29 players are within four shots of the lead including Australian great Roger Davis and defending champion Mike Harwood who both opened with rounds of 1-over 71.
The $70,000 prize purse is one of the richest of its kind for the Senior PGA division and the event also offers the winner an invitation to the Australian PGA Championship next week at Royal Pines.
Richmond Head Professional Mark Eisenhuth was delighted with the opening round of the 54 hole event, which is a major event for the historic town of Richmond.
“The course is sensational and our staff have worked extremely hard to make this a successful week of golf,” Eisenhuth said.
“The sponsors had a great day on Thursday and we are all looking forward to some great golf over the next two days,” he added.
Similar to round one, Saturday’s second round is a shotgun start at 7:00am for morning players and 12:30pm for the afternoon field.
Spectators are welcome with entry by gold coin donation with all proceeds going to the local bushfire appeal.Australian PGA Senior Championship Leaderboard