The 2019 NSW & ACT PGA Trainee Championships have got off to a fantastic start at Riverside Oaks Golf Resort with 13 trainees taking advantage of the conditions to return scores of even par or better.

Brayden PetersenBrayden Petersen from Asquith Golf Club scored the low round of the day with a 5-under par 67 on the Gangurru course.

“The greens are running really well out here, the course is much tighter than the Bungool layout and so you have to be quite strategic in where you’re driving the ball,” said Petersen.

“Fortunately, today my long game was really consistent and only resulted in me having the one bogey.”

Sitting in outright second and only one shot behind Petersen is Concord Trainee Professional Jordan Widdicombe who came in with an opening-round score of 4-under 68.

“The greens were immaculate and with little to no wind around, the scoring conditions were fantastic,” said Widdicombe.

“If you don’t birdie the par-5s out here, you feel like you are letting shots slip, but that being said my iron-play was the real standout and gave me a number of opportunities to make birdies on several holes.”

Defending Champion Frazer Droop got off to a solid start with a 3-under 69, he currently sits tied in third place with Toronto Country Club Trainee, Jye Forrester.

Other notable efforts included rounds of 2-under par shot by Mitchell Gannon and Jayden Cripps and following closely at 1-under par were interstate trainees Jackson Jubelin from Palm Meadows Golf Course (QLD) and Jack Sandic from Ranfurlie Golf Club (VIC).

Tee-times for the second round begin tomorrow at 8am, please click here for live scores.