Victorian Jack Murdoch was best at placing the high winds that hit the Moonah Links Resort Open Course at the top of the leaderboard in today’s Victorian PGA Championship pre-qualifier.
Leading the way in conditions reminiscent of his home course across Port Phillip Heads – 13th Beach Golf Links – Murdoch shot a one-over par round of 73.
The 24-year-old started well with an early birdie before a mid-lap hiccup – he double-bogey-bogey-bogey on either side of the turn – left him with work.
He fought his way back heavily with birdies on the two back nine par-5s and took the honor of the round of the day.
Josh Clarke of New South Wales and Zachary Maxwell of Queensland finished a shot behind Murdoch while there was a jam of players shooting 75 and 76 to secure 14 of the 16 seats on offer in the tournament, which begins Thursday.
A three-way playoff was required to determine the final two spots, and Victorian Darren Bowman and New South Welshman Mitch Davis won them ahead of Victorian Wade Lowrie.
73 Jack Murdoch (VIC)
74 Josh Clarke (NSW) and Zachary Maxwell (QLD)
75 Bradley Doherty (NSW), Ben A. Campbell (VIC), Steve Vail (NSW) and Ryan Kowal (VIC)
76 William Bruyeres (QLD), Michael Choi (VIC), Jordan Mackay (NSW), Martin Doyle (VIC), Hayden Webb (VIC), Brock Gillard (VIC) and Michael Pearce (NSW)
77 Darren Bowman (VIC), Mitch Davis (NSW) and Wade Lowrie (VIC) – Bowman and Davis advanced to a playoff