David McKenzie has fired a sizzling 7-under 65 at the Twin Waters Golf Club today, to take a three shot lead into round two of the Sunshine Coast Masters.

David McKenzieMcKenzie leads by three shots over David Merriman, while three players; Grant Kenny, Craig Warren and Peter Senior shot 3-under 69 at Pelican Waters to be in a share for third.

McKenzie, who recently secured conditional status on the Champions Tour for 2018, recorded five birdies and an eagle in his bogey free round.

“I got off to a hot start. I was 2-under after four holes and hitting it great. I missed a couple of opportunities late but I am very pleased with my opening round,” said McKenzie.

“The guys have been shooting some good numbers lately and it’s nice to be able to get in on the action.”

“It’s my turn to tackle Pelican Waters tomorrow, a course that I am yet to have played. It will no doubt present some challenges with club selection, though hopefully having driven around the course I will overcome any club selection issues.”

Although three shots back, 2015 Sunshine Coast Masters champion Peter Senior is comfortable with his position following the opening round.

“I got off to a pretty strong start and was 2-under after four holes, I just didn’t hit it close enough through the middle part of the round to keep the birdies coming”.

“You don’t have to be too far off the fairway here at Pelican Waters to find trouble. I am several shots back from David but I am comfortable with where I am at after the first round.”

“My family and I love coming to the Sunshine Coast and we have been looking forward to this all year so hopefully I can make it a memorable trip.”

This year’s Sunshine Coast Masters champion will also be crowned the Australian Senior PGA Champion, with Martin Pettigrew looking to defend the title he won at Mollymook Golf Club last year.

Professionals will now switch courses for their second round, before a 36 hole cut will take place, with the top-50 professionals plus ties, competing in the final round at Twin Waters on Friday.

For all the scores from the 2017 Sunshine Coast Masters, please click here.