Josh Armstrong and Charlie Dann are the men of the moment, joint leaders after the opening round of the Murray Regional Open at Corowa Golf Club.
On a day just perfect for low scores, the pair shot matching course records of ten under par 63, to lead by a shot from Western Australia’s Daniel Fox.
In third place is Maroubra’s Mitch Davis two shots back at 7-under, while Tomithy Purtill, Daniel Gale, female Doey Choi and Queensland’s Aaron Wilkin are at 6-under.
In a sign of the quality of play on display, 50 players bettered par in the opening round.
The talk, however, was all about Dann and Armstong’s record-breaking efforts.
“I’ve never gone below 6-under in an event ever, bar club rounds of course,” Dann admitted post-round. “This was a nice surprise, I wasn’t expecting it.”
“My game has been off and on. I haven’t felt like I could shoot a low score, so thats why today surprised me.”
“I hit my wedges nice, and I got a few, what you would say, were lucky bounces, but hey, you always need things like that to shoot something pretty low, but 10-under, I’m stoked with.”
Armstrong was equally thrilled with ten under effort.
“I made six birdies coming in, they weren’t all tap-ins either.”
“I holed a ten-footer on the last of the day, even Derek (Akerman – his playing partner) said, you’ve got to roll this one in.”
The Concord Club Champion couldn’t recall whether the course record was his second or third. However, he was thrilled to know it was at the home course of one of Australian golfs best, Marcus Fraser.
“It’s pretty cool. If Marcus Fraser is a member here and I’ve got one up on him around his home track, its got to be good.”