Mixed day for Bendigo golfers at Coolum

It was a mixed day for Bendigo golfers Heath Reed and Andrew Martin at the Australian PGA Championships yesterday.

Reed, playing to keep his full Australian PGA Tour status for next year, finished his round on a high with a birdie on the last to card even-par 72 in round one.

Martin would have been disappointed to go from two-under at the 14th tee to one-over 73 by the end of the round.

Heading into the tournament Martin was frustrated at hitting the ball well but being unable to put together 18 solid holes and it was the same story at Coolum Resort yesterday.

The former Neangar Park golfer began in a blaze of birdies, three in his first four holes, but two bogeys – on the second and fifth – kept him at one-under until the 13th.

Martin birdied the par four to go two-under but two bogeys and a double, split by a birdie, saw him tied for 65th at the end of play when a higher-placing was on offer.

Reed twice went one-over on the front nine before immediately returning to par with a birdie at the next.

He was one-under after a birdie at the par-five 12th, but blew out to over-par for the first time in the round after a double-bogey on the par-five 15th.

Reed is tied for 48th.  

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