A weather delay just 10 minutes after the first tee shot was struck may not have been the ideal start but the wet and humid conditions did nothing to dampen the scoring.
The day’s first highlight came from Singapore’s Jerome Ng making the most of home advantage to eagle the par 5, 470m, 16th.
World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) no.38 Jake Higginbottom raced into an early lead going to two under par after six holes. Winner of the Keppera Bowl and the Queensland Amateur already this year, Higginbottom birdied holes 3 and 5.
However, he was soon caught by Indonesia’s Rinaldi Adiyandono who scored a hat-trick of birdies from the 7th to join him on two under par. Malaysia’s Kenneth Christian John De Silva also enjoyed a hot streak with back-to-back birdies on the 5th and 6th holes to make it a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard.
Singapore’s Marc Ong and Australia’s Matthew Stieger both had steady level par front nines after bogeying their weather interrupted first hole.