Teenage golfing sensation Lucas Herbert held his ground while many of his more experienced counterparts slipped out of contention during the opening round of the Queensland Open yesterday.
Herbert carded one-over par 73 at Brookwater Golf and Country Club to be within six shots of joint leaders Tom Bond and Josh Younger.
The Ravenswood amateur fired three birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey to finish the day tied 26th at the $110,000 event.
Brookwater is renowned for being a difficult course, with skinny fairways making for tough tee shots.
Only 17 of the 120-strong field returned to the clubhouse under par yesterday.
Neangar Park professional Andrew Martin is still in contention for the cut, despite shooting a seven-over par 79.
Martin teed-off from the 10th hole and reached the turn at three-over the card.
But a stretch of three double-bogeys between the third and sixth holes, split by a birdie on the fourth, saw him fall from three-over to eight-over.
A birdie on the par-five eighth could prove crucial for his hopes of playing the weekend.
Martin is tied 92nd, but only four shots outside the top 50 entering today’s second round.
Meanwhile, Axedale’s Kris Mueck is all-but out of the running to make the cut.
Mueck shot a 10-over 82 yesterday to be tied for 114th place. Mueck’s round included two double-bogeys, seven bogeys and one birdie.
Mueck’s day was much better than that of 2013 Victorian Open winner Matthew Giles, though.
The Sydneysider resembled a weekend hacker as he shot a 21-over par 93 yesterday. Giles didn’t sink a birdie, but shot a quadruple bogey, four triple bogeys, a double bogey and three bogeys to be 10 shots behind his nearest competitor.