Michel shares opening lead at Asia-Pacific Amateur

Victoria’s Lukas Michel shares a seven-way lead following day one of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club in the United Arab Emirates.

Michel, who hails from Melbourne, carded a 4-under 67 to take poll position alongside the likes of World No.1 amateur, Keita Nakajima and Kiwi Jimmy Zheng.

“It’s a good score,” said Michel.” I definitely didn’t have my best driving performance but the rest of my game was really solid. Chipping, putting, approach play was good.”

“I got lucky a few times with my driver but I think I was due that. At the Mid Am and US Am I hit a couple of drives that got some very bad breaks. I haven’t had luck go my way for a while, so it was nice to shoot a score like that with a couple not-so-good drives.”

Lukas Michel In 2019 Michel became the first Australian to win the US Mid-Amateur (Credit: USGA)

One stroke back on 3-under sits another Aussie, Hayden Hopewell. The Western Australian won the WA Open last year as an amateur as well as the WA Amateur and Tasmanian Open. He finished second behind Michael Sim at the 2019 WA Open.

Connor McKinney and Andre Lautee both carded a 1-under 70 to sit at equal 24th while Hayden Barron (T41) and Lachlan Barker (T53) round out the rest of the Australians in the field.

The top-50 and ties will make it through to the weekend and have a chance at claiming the spoils of victory including starts at the 2022 US Masters and Open Championship at St Andrews.