JENNIAN HOMES CHARLES TOUR HELPS CHISNALL INTO FIRST PLACE WITH BATEMAN

11/10/2018


Ryan Chisnall and Harry Bateman are currently tied at the top of the Victorian PGA Championship leaderboard after superb opening rounds of five-under par.

The Jennian Homes Charles Tour has proved to be a perfect platform last week with Ryan Chisnall, who finished runner-up at the Harewood Open, making the first move with four straight birdies on the front nine.

Chisnall even got to seven-under through 14 holes before a small hiccup with bogeys on 16 and 17 to finish on a slightly sour note.

“It was an interesting one, I’m happy with 5-under, I’ll take it and run,” said Chisnall who is still in his first year as a professional.

“It was disappointing in the end to finish the way I did with the bogeys on 16 and 17 but I’m happy with that score.” 

Bateman did the opposite by making late birdies on 16 and 17 to join him at the top and make it the Kiwi double early in the championship.

His round was particularly impressive, presenting a clean scorecard in what is a notoriously windy part of the country.

“It was challenging, it was really gusty and you had to be on your game,” said Bateman.

“I had to hit the ball the best I’ve hit it in a long time and made a few putts as well so it was a great result.”

Playing a new course on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, Bateman said while it’s not long off the tee, it’s easy to lose your bundle and shoot a big score.

“It’s one of the shortest courses we’ve played on Tour but with the wind like this and the greens the way they are, you’ve got to hit it in the right spots otherwise you’re doing well to make bogey.

“It feels like if you hit a bad shot you can make double just like that so to keep it bogey free is really satisfying.”

 

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