Felton, Cain take the early lead at NSW PGA

A mix of youth and experience lead the NSW PGA Championship following the first round being played on the new Bungool course at Riverside Oaks Golf Resort in NSW.

Playing in the morning field, Marcus Cain watched on as the young guns smashed the ball past him but his steady style of play set him in good stead.

Jarryd Felton Jarryd Felton (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Chipping his ball around the course, Cain fired a bogey free 7-under 65 to be the early leader at the NSW PGA Championship.

“I just chipped it around and watched the boys go at the greens on the par-4′s while I was laying it up, it’s that sort of a golf course where you need to chip it around,” said Cain.

It took until the third last group of the afternoon field for anyone to catch him with rookie Pro Jarryd Felton also posting 7-under 65.

It’s a strong start for Felton who is hoping for a win this week so that he can avoid a trip to final stage Qualifying School early next year.

“It’s really good for me this week, I am playing for my life now and a trip to Q-School, so it’s good to get it off to a good start and I am looking forward to a good end to the week.”

“I am into the final stage of Q-School which is good for me but definitely a win would change that and to get that category would be great.”

Sitting just one shot behind the leading duo is PGA Trainee Graduate Deyen Lawson who has knowledge of the course on his side after the NSW/ACT Trainee Championship was held here in August.

Joining him on the leaderboard at 6-under the card is PGA TOUR player Rhein Gibson who was 5-under after his first five holes today.

Rounding out the top-5 on the leaderboard are Geoff Drakeford, Brett Rankin and Andrew Campbell.