Huth faces tough test
THE Lismore course is in the best condition it has been for nearly a decade, golfers at the Richmond River amateur championships said yesterday - but it's not easy.
Defending champion Mal Huth, from the Gainsborough Greens club at Pimpama on the Gold Coast, was five over par and has a big job ahead of him to go back to back.
Huth carded three over par (38) going out on the back nine holes before scoring two over when he turned for the return to the clubhouse on the front nine.
Four bogeys, on the 11th, 13th, 16th and 18th, were reduced by his only birdie, the 15th, in his first nine.
Huth recovered slightly on the return journey with bogeys at the second, fourth and seventh but a birdie on the fifth saw him card 37 for a total of 75 off the stick.
"It was hot out there today, one good hole, one good hole that's about it," Huth said after a long day on the course.
"Struggled with a couple of drives, irons weren't too bad. The pin positions were tough.
"Just go for it tomorrow, try and shoot 66 (like last year).
"It (the course) is in good nick."
Kyogle amateur Nick Anderson was playing out of his skin for the first 15 holes but fell in a heap on the last three holes, carding two bogeys and a double bogey to close out his round.
"I think I pretty well ran out of puff for those last three holes," Anderson said. "I was pretty exhausted, I usually struggle a bit here so I'm pretty happy just to have 73, definitely the best I've played here.
"I quite enjoyed it and the company was pretty good, it is always good to play with better players."
Anderson, a five handicapper, played with Coolangatta seniors Rod Dale and Dave Morrison who are off one and three, respectively.
He went out in 34 with two birdies (12th and 16th) and a bogey on the 17th before returning on the front nine carding four over (39) for his total of 73.
"If I could just concentrate long enough, I'd be happy," Anderson said.
Play continues today in the 36-hole event.