Nisbet fires at Lake Macquarie Amateur

Daniel Nisbet fired an opening round of 7-under-par, 65, to take the first day lead from Germany’s Marcel Schneider at the Lake Macquarie Amateur.

Nisbet, runner-up to Schneider at last week’s Australian Amateur, has once again positioned himself in the box seat to go one better after finishing runner-up in his last three amateur tournaments.

Daniel Nisbet Daniel Nisbet (Credit: Anthony Powter)

All summer Nisbet has displayed grit and determination on his journey back to become one of our hottest amateur prospects on the world amateur tour.

The world number 38 continues to produce the stellar results with fine performances at the Port Phillip Amateur, Master of the Amateurs and the Australian Amateur.

Hot on both Nisbet and Schneider’s tail and only two strokes behind is a stellar pack, including New Zealander Mathew Perry, Brad Moules, Callen O’Reilly, Todd Sinnott and 2012 Master of the Amateurs champion, Nathan Holman.

They all opened with a 5-under-par, 67′s.

Traditionally scores at the Lake Macquarie Amateur are low with between 15-19 under par collecting the trophy come Sunday. Much depends upon the conditions, with the windswept Belmont links becoming even tougher when it blows and at the mercy of the big hitters when it is calm.

Defending champion Brady Watt opened with a 1-under-par, 71, to be in a share of 41st position and six behind Nisbet.

Local Jake Higginbottom, one of the tournament favourites, is one better after an opening round of 70 to be in a tie for 28th position along with Ryan McCarthy and Jordan Zunic.

Nisbet will take some beating at this event.

Hungry to claim a major amateur title upon his return to competitive golf to add to his already impressive resume, Nisbet’s game of late has been nothing short of stunning.

A powerful hitter of the ball, who is never afraid to use the driver to gain the advantage, the open and short Belmont layout will suit Nisbet as this tournament unfolds towards the serious end on Sunday.

Having started well, the challenge has been thrown down early by the talented Nisbet against this impressive international field.

With the methodical and precise Schneider backing up from his win at the Australian Amateur last week in Melbourne, where the German birdied two of the last three holes to snatch victory from Nisbet, and the Master of the Amateurs champion and three-time winner this season Nathan Holman, along with the ever impressive Todd Sinnott in the hunt, this championship promises to be another dog fight to the end.

Those close to Nisbet are classy players and capable of going and staying low.

But Nisbet will take some stopping – then again, Holman, Sinnott and Schneider have been all class this summer and will not be giving up without a fight.