"Brutal" Brookwater tests quality players
SOUTH Australian Tom Bond and Victorian Josh Younger are tied for the lead after the first round of the Isuzu Queensland Open at Brookwater Golf and Country Club.
Playing in the morning field, Bond fired a five-under 67 to be the outright leader.
He was later joined by Victorian Younger who matched him in the afternoon.
Bond, a rookie professional from Adelaide, surprised even himself with his opening round. He was pleased with the way he handled the challenging layout at Brookwater.
"The course is brutal and I had only played each nine once in my practice rounds so it was much better than I expected to be honest," Bond said.
"I have never played a course like this with the undulation and it plays quite long, even on the holes where you can hit a long drive a lot of the time you are going uphill."
Bond had a run of four birdies before adding a further three to his scorecard which were counteracted by two bogeys.
"I had been playing pretty well early but wasn't making any putts, then all of sudden the putts started dropping and it went from there,'' he said.
"It's a long course but you can't really attack it too much.
Bond, 26, is a late comer to the professional ranks.
However, after finishing in the top-10 at Qualifying School and again at the Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship he is pleased with his decision.
"I didn't really start playing golf seriously til I was about 18," said Bond who last year captained the South Australian state team which included former Australian cricketer Greg Blewett.
"I had wanted to turn pro for the last couple of years but I wanted to know I was definitely good enough before I went to Q-School."
Younger, 29, is a more seasoned professional.
He was happy to have held on during his mixed round which was highlighted by an eagle on the par five 8th.
"I played pretty good on the front nine and hit a lot of good shots which I was able to capitalise on, then the eagle on eight and birdie on nine really got things going," Younger said.
"I hit a good drive, then hit rescue on to the green, got it up to about 12 foot from the hole and was lucky enough to roll the putt in.
"I made a couple of crook shots around the back which I paid for but I was lucky enough to get a couple of birdies late to steady the ship."
Finishing the first round outright third on three-under was New Zealander Ryan Fox.
The second round gets underway at 6.30am today.