Bransdon fires record 64 to lead Heritage
David Bransdon fired a new course record at the Heritage Golf and Country Club to claim the first round lead at the inaugural Lexus of Blackburn Heritage Classic.
Bransdon was pleased with his performance around the Jack Nicklaus signature designed course but was surprised to have posted a course record 8-under 64.
David Bransdon (Credit: Anthony Powter)
“It’s really good, especially since this is one of the better courses that we play conditions wise and there are not too many Jack Nicklaus golf courses in Australia,” said Bransdon of his feat.
“I didn’t think this golf course would yield that score, because it’s actually hard to hit golf shots near the hole with the greens firm and fast, but I will certainly take it.”
Bransdon got off to a hot start, with the highlight of his record round being two eagles however, he was quick to point out a stroke of luck may have helped.
“I got off to a fast start – I was 5-under through six so that helps, it’s always a good start to any round.”
“I hit a nice long drive down 15, a 7 iron to about six feet and holed it, so that was pretty good,” said Bransdon of his eagle on the 15th which he followed with one on the 4th.
Sitting three shots behind Bransdon, in a tie for second are New Zealand’s Michael Hendry, Heritage Golf and Country Club Touring Professional Ryan Lynch, Victorian Leighton Lyle and two-time Australian Masters champion Brad Hughes.
“I didn’t drive the ball as well as I would have liked, I missed a few drives but I was never in much trouble and I hit my irons really good,” said Hughes, who had a bogey free round.
“Golf’s not all about the good stuff, it’s about where you leave yourself, so even though I wasn’t particularly happy with my drives they were still in play and I gave myself a chance.”
“If you can keep the bogeys off the card you can have good scores, so I am quietly confident as the week continues.”
Finishing at 4-under the card were New South Welshmen Brent McCullough and Aaron Townsend.
While a further shot back and rounding out the top-10 is a group of 10 players including Jason Norris, Josh Geary, Kurt Barnes and Gareth Paddison.
Source – PGA Australia