A cold and breezy first day at the inaugural DVS Pegasus Open hasn’t stopped the hot scoring with three players tied at the top in both the men’s and women’s fields.

Ryan Chisnall, Daniel Pearce, and Lachie McDonald all fired rounds of five-under to hold a one-shot lead at the end of the first day.

Chisnall was out early this morning and was able to post a score in the cold conditions. Starting on the 10th, he opened with a birdie and quickly made another at the 13th before making nine pars in a row. He added three more on the back nine for a blemish free opening round.

“I played pretty solid for the most part. I got off to a quick start, I made birdie on the 10th [his first] and then again on the 13th, so I had a bit of momentum quite early.

“I took advantage of the par fives hitting a couple of them in two which resulted in a couple of easy birdies as well. So it was a pretty boring day to be fair,” Chisnall said.

Chisnall was the best of the morning field, bettering local Christchurch boy Matt McLean by one as he shot four-under.

Going out this afternoon, Lachie McDonald made inroads on the leaders early with birdies on his opening two holes. He made two more on the front nine to make the turn in four-under par.

He’d add another to his tally on the back nine to sign for five-under and match Chisnall.

“I was just going about my own business early today. I holed a few putts and had a couple of par saves early to keep the momentum so I’m happy.”

“I played in the pro-am yesterday and was so cold I had to go and do some thermal shopping, so I came a lot more prepared for the conditions this afternoon. Today was actually some of the best weather I’ve played out here, so I was pleasantly surprised and had a score to match.

“You can’t win the tournament on the first day, but you can certainly lose it. I’m happy I’m in the mix,” McDonald said.

Playing in the group in front was Daniel Pearce who’s made a return to the Jennian Homes Charles Tour after a break away from the game.

He made six birdies with the lone bogey to find himself atop the leader board as well.

“I’m really happy with my round today, I didn’t do too much wrong. I hit a lot of quality shots.

“I really enjoyed the break from golf. I needed it physically as my body wasn’t in great shape, and it’s been great for me mentally. I’m really enjoying being back playing now so I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of the week holds for me,” said Pearce.

They all hold a one-shot lead over local boys Anthony Doyle and Matt McLean, who is also the leading amateur after day one.


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