Anstiss fires 64 to claim share of lead

The morning belonged to New Zealander James Anstiss at the Victorian Open yesterday after his first-round 64 made up of eight birdies and zero bogeys set alight the 13th Beach.

The Queenstown professional, who is playing in just his second professional event,  claimed a share of the lead with local David Branson after the first round in the $650,000 event.

"I played pretty solid.  I hit a lot of greens and putted really well," Anstiss, who made his professional debut last month, said.

"I hit 16 greens, made a couple of 15 footers [4.5m] and hit a few close. It was pretty stress-free. I didn’t really do much wrong.

"I had one really good par save on our ninth hole which was the 18th and the rest from there I made pretty easy for myself."

Not far behind is fellow rookie New Zealand professional Nick Voke, who also showed his talent with a total of 7-under par. His round consisted of one eagle, six birdies and one bogey on his way to a share of third place. Voke made his first eagle on the second hole before making three birdies in a row to ignite his round. The Auckland professional then continued this form with a birdie, par, birdie start to the back nine which got heads turning.

"It’s nice to get off to a good start, as a rookie pro it’s really important for me. I don’t exactly have all the finances in the world so it’s imperative to get off to a good start and hopefully I can kick on with it," Voke said.

Meanwhile in Kuala Lumpur, Ryan Fox had a good day at the Maybank Championship after recording a steady round of 4-under par. The longest hitter on the European Tour made six birdies with just two blemishes, showing his class to bounce back after missing the cut last weekend. 

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