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Queanbeyan Open Day one Wrap: Comeback Chris cards seven red

Queanbeyan Open Day one Wrap: Comeback Chris cards seven red

Despite emergency wrist surgery in early January, Avondale’s Chris fan has bounced back in his first competitive round since, carding a remarkable seven-under-par 63 to vault into second place at the Queanbeyan Open.

Fan underwent the procedure after slicing his left wrist and hand open while changing a grip.

” I was doing a re-grip and tore through a nerve and artery in my left hand.

Fan said the trauma of waiting to see a surgeon while in casualty certainly played on his mind with the injury as severe as it was.

“The period in Emergency, waiting to see the surgeon, the anxiety really kicks in.

“Thankfully, the surgeon said I was the luckiest man alive to not hit the tendon,” he said.

With stitches and his hand in a cast for two and a half weeks post-operation, Fan couldn’t pick a club up – let alone compete – until about a week ago. Naturally, he wasn’t expecting too much in today’s opening round.

“I was a little bit shaky the first time back, but once I got into the groove of things, everything seemed to fly my way.”

And flow it did. Despite book-ending his round with bogeys, the 20-year-old was peerless throughout, rattling off seven birdies in 16 holes.

Fan said he picked up the pace of the greens early and was seeing the lines of his putts well.

“I did have a good feel for line and pace, and I was able to take advantage.”

“This isn’t the style of golf course I am used to, so it’s something I have to learn to adapt to in order to play well.”

“I had a few lucky breaks out there.”

Although a tee time in tomorrow’s final group is looking likely, Fan, who is studying Applied Finance and Accounting at Macquarie University, has some experience in closing out events, with two world Amateur Golf Ranking events already to his name.

“I won the Port Phillip Amateur (over 72 holes) in 2019, and won last years Concord Cup as well.”

Stephanie Kyriacou showed her class, carding an opening 68 from the men’s championship markers at Queanbeyan GC today.

2.30PM: Steph shines with opening 66

It might have been a case of ‘what could’ve beens’ for Steph Kyriacou in the opening round of the Queanbeyan Open, but the effort was still one of the day’s shining lights in plenty of ways.

Playing her first competitive round for 2021, Kyriacou, the LET rookie of the year, has carded a four-under 66 to sit in 6th place alongside some of the best players in Australian men’s golf.

Deyen Lawson with his second course record of the Regional Open Series – this time at Queanbeyan

1.30pm: Digger cards course record, leads by three

Deyen Lawson has carded a course record 61 on the opening morning of the Queanbeyan Open.

The Queensland-based Victorian charged around the Queanbeyan Golf Club layout, carding nine birdies and not a single bogey in a faultless display.

Nathan Barbieri holds a one shot lead midway through his opening round.

11.15am: Barbieri going low, leads by one

Nathan Barbieri holds a one shot lead over Deyen Lawson mid way through the morning on day one of the Queanbeyan Open.

Barbieri was on fire on the front nine, bagging four birdies and an eagle to turn in just 30 strokes. he doubled down with another birdie to open his back nine, and is currently at six under.

Alex Edge got the Queanbeyan Open underway

7.30am: Edge gets open underway

t’s a perfect day for golf, and Queanbeyan Golf Club is in pristine condition for the opening round of the Queanbeyan Open today.

New South Wales Based pro Alex Edge has hit the first shot playing alongside Forbes James Grierson and Newcastle Amateur Jye Pickin.

It’s a brisk morning and there is a tinge of autumn about. The mercury is hovering around 7 degrees, but hit should climb into the twenties by the early afternoon.

There’s plenty of big names here for the Open, and lots of local interest too. Matt Millar, Josh Armstrong andQueanbeyan’s head professional Jake Nagle are one fo the marquee of groups of the day, and will hit off at 8.10am.

Following the local start is the trio of Marcus Fraser, Andre Stolz, and the Ladies European Tour rookie of the year, Stephanie Kyriacou.

Stay tuned and follow our blog here as the Quenabeyan Open unfolds.

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