Festival of sub-par rounds
"BEAUTIFUL" conditions helped ensure a successful start to Byron Bay Golf Club's three-day festival of golf.
About 160 amateur and top professionals from across the country took to the course for day one of the club's Aust
ralian Legends Schweppes/Nor East Drinks Tour Championship yesterday.
Five-time European Tour winner Mike Harwood was the day's best pro performer, firing a three-under-par 69.
Club pro Greg Stewart said he had been delighted with how well the day had gone, despite searing conditions for players to endure.
"The play has been great," he said. "The golf course has played beautifully.
"It was a bit sticky out there but there was a nice little north-easterly breeze which was helping the players out.
"I think the amateurs were impressed with how well the course played.
"I hope they enjoyed themselves."
Pros Graham Banister and Peter Senior finished the first day on -2, with David Saunders and Peter Fowler a further shot back.
Home player Matt Crandell was among the amateur stars of the day, shooting two-under score of 70.
Play will continue today, with a full field in action.
The pros take centre stage on tomorrow's final day when action starts at 11am.
There is free admission and all spectators are welcome.