Local boy Daniel Negus holds a two stroke lead after the opening round of the Aglime State Sand Greens Championships of Western Australia, being held at Northam Golf Club.
Negus has shown that a little local knowledge can go a long way, shooting a 2-under round of 70 to hold a 2 stroke advantage over Mukinbudin’s Gilliam Jones.
If the opening round is any indication, this year’s Sand Greens Championship may be a remembered by a remarkable showing by WA’s regional golfers.
Currently all of the top-5 positions are held by golfers from outside the metropolitan area with Evan Sewell (Manjimup), Stephen Lord (Goomalling) and Carl Naake (Goldfields) joining Negus and Jones in the top 5.
Despite there being no Sand Greens courses in Perth, metropolitan based golfers have dominated the Sand Greens Championships over the past two decades, with the coveted shield heading back to the city 17 times since 1995.
A large part of the domination can be attributed to the efforts of one man, Royal Perth greenskeeper Michael Dennis.
With six titles to his name Dennis teed off on the first day as an almost unbackable favourite, however his first round score of 77 to see him seven back of the lead shocked many in the clubhouse.
Dennis may have even been surprised himself, after performing strongly in the two opening events.
Dennis commented that his score during the Friday 4BBB could have been as low as 65, and the potential of a similar score on the final day is enough to keep the leaders nervous overnight.
While cold wind and rain plagued the latter half of Round 1, Round 2 can expect almost perfect conditions for golf and an exciting final day awaits with so many from all around WA in the running for the title.
While the main purpose of the “State Sands” is to find WA’s best golfer on sand greens, the tournament also provides the state’s regional golfers a chance to get together with old friends on one of WA’s 141 sand green courses.
161 golfers are contesting this year’s championship with 65 clubs around the state being represented. Thanks to the support of naming rights sponsors Aglime of Australia the State Sand Greens will also promote the Men’s Regional Health initiative over the next three years.
With a strong standing in regional Western Australia, Aglime is living up to its motto of “Building Stronger Communities” through supporting the State Sand Greens and many other prominent regional sporting events throughout WA. You can read more about the Regional Men’s Health initiative through its website here: http://regionalmenshealth.org.au/.