Local Queenslander Taylor Macdonald and Victorian Tom Power Horan are tied for the lead after round one of the Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship.
Macdonald, a former low amateur at City Golf Club, fired a flawless round of 8-under 64. Opening with a birdie on the par-5 10th Macdonald fired eight birdies, six of them on the back-9, and launched himself up the leaderboard.
"It was a good day to play golf. I'm in pretty good form at the moment with my driver so that came out of the bag a lot and where I'm hitting it is perfect position to score. If I'm pitching well, like it did today, I can capitalise on a few birdies out there," said MacDonald.
"A few years ago I played this event as an amateur and won the award for lowest amateur and I like the place, I think it suits me."
"There are another three rounds to go and if I keep playing the way I am I'll be happy."
Power Horan matched Macdonald's opening birdie until an unfortunate bogey on the par-3 4th caused a slight set back. Bouncing back with two eagles on the back-9, including one on the 17th, Power Horan saw himself join Macdonald at the top on the leaderboard after flying home.
"It was a good day, I played pretty well and I managed to have a good score," said Power Horan.
"I got off to an ok start, I birdied the first but then I bogeyed the fourth and then played pretty well with two eagles on the back nine which was nice. It's nice when you play well, I found it really good."
"It's good being at the top rather than the bottom for sure, but a long way to go, obviously three more rounds. This sort of course you can play well and make the most of it, but if you hit a few poor tee shots it can really go the other way."
Both in their rookie seasons on the PGA Tour of Australasia they hold a one shot advantage over morning leader, Kris Mueck, and Adam Stephens signing for 7-under 63.
Rounding out the top-10 on 5-under the card are Lindsay Wilson, Aaron Townsend, Mitchell A. Brown and Tom Bond, while Darren Beck, Peter Cooke, David Klein, Jake Higginbottom and Lucas Herbert are a further shot back on 4-under the card.
Round two of the Coca-Cola QLD PGA Championship will get underway tomorrow at 6:45am
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