Clayton and Grady among early PGA Senior Championship leaders

First round joint leader Michael Clayton coming to terms with the historic Richmond layout
First round joint leader Michael Clayton coming to terms with the historic Richmond layout

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.

PGA Legends Tour personality and media identity Larry Canning lets one rip at the Richmond Golf Club
PGA Legends Tour personality and media identity Larry Canning lets one rip at the Richmond Golf Club
Australian PGA Senior Championship Leaderboard

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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