27th – 29th October, 2023, Thurgoona Country Club

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Euan Waters smashes a drive

Euan Walters wants to take a piece of Thurgoona with him wherever he plays.

And his love of the Albury club’s greens grew stronger this morning when he poured in six birdies to lead the New South Wales Senior Open by two strokes midway through round one.

The Victorian leads at six under from Steve Conran, with Queenslander Glenn Joyner a shot further back at 69 as a cool breeze and intermittent rain muffled many of their peers.

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Pre-tournament fancy Scott Laycock was the best of the rest at two under, while defending champ Brad Burns three time got it to two under before bogeys curtailed his momentum and left him at one under alongside Andre Stolz and Legends Tour newcomer Scott Barr.

But it was Walters’ passion for the greens that strung out the field.

“The greens here are phenomenal – you would pick them all up and take ‘em with you anywhere if you could,” Walters said.

“It’s amazing what they (the Thurgoona groundstaff) have done with them, especially considering the conditions we’ve had lately.”

Walters, with a smile, suggested the hardest part of his day lay ahead once he left the course.

“Fom here, it’s Voltaren and my massage gun, I really can’t play these days without some sort of anti-inflammatory because everything hurts and if it doesn’t hurt, it means it probably fell off a while ago,” he joked.

Of the other big names out this morning, Peter Lonard battled throughout to card a 75, while Tim Elliott lost his chance with a 75.

Among the other main tournament fancies, Jason Norris, Guy Wall, Peter Senior, Richard Green, Peter O’Malley, Mike Harwood and Peter Fowler are all of in the afternoon phase.

10.00am UPDATE: Familiar Names Making Early Moves

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Defending Champ Brad Burns in action during the Opening round the NSW Senior Open

Some familiar names have surged to the top of the New South Wales Senior Open in the early going at Thurgoona.

Defending champion Brad Burns, having started on the 10th hole, leapt from the blocks with back-to-back birdies to start his round.

But he was soon joined by two prolifically successful peers, with Scott Laycock and Andre Stolz joining him at two under.

Of the other big names, Peter Lonard is even par through his first three holes, while Tim Elliott has fallen back to two over.

Among the other main tournament fancies, Jason Norris, Guy Wall, Peter Senior, Richard Green, Peter O’Malley, Mike Harwood and Peter Fowler are all of in the afternoon phase.

7.20am: Senior Open Underway

The NSW Senior Open is underway here at Thurgoona Golf and Country Club Resort.

It’s a cool morning and there are plenty of clouds in the sky. the first groups were away on time with several of the marquee players out on course just after 7.30am.

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The 2022 NSW Senior Open is underway at Thurgoona

Defending Champion Brad Burns Brad Burns gets his round underway at 7.25am from the 10th tee alongside the legendary Peter Lonard and the United State’s Barry Conser.

Some of the other stars out this morning include Scott Laycock, Glenn Joyner and Scott Barr, who follow the Burns/Lonard Group at 7.35 am, with another marquee group of Andre Stolz, Tim Elliott and Ken Tarling teeing off at 7.55.

Keen for some afternoon golf? The evergreen Peter Senior will feature alongside Richard Green and Victorian David Diaz.

Other groups to keep an eye on include Peter O’Malley, Mike Harwood and Ben Jackson, as well as Jason Norris Guy Wall and the inuagural NSW Senior Open Champion, Grant Kenny.

Spectators thinking of heading out might want to bring a jumper and umbrella, with a chance of rain about, but from a scoring perspective, it shouldn’t creat many issues.

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