Unheralded Queensland amateur Will Florimo is the talk of the Tweed after carding a sizzling ten under par 62 in the opening round of the Tweed Coast Open.
Florimo’s eight-birdie, two-eagle and two bogey round might have been a bit roller coaster ride, but the 22-year-old admitted he enjoyed every minute of it.
“It was good; yeah,” Florimo grinned post-round. “I got it going early and kept it going.”
“I struggled at Coffs during the week, but we had a tournament here on Sunday, so I had already had a good look at the course.”
After beginning his round on the fourth, Florimo wasted no time setting the foundations of his stellar performance. Birdies on the 5th and 7th saw him into red numbers early, but an uncharacteristic miss on nine saw him drop a shot.
A couple more birdies on 10 and 11, helped right the ship, before his only other dropped shot of the day (on the par-four 12th) saw him fall back to two under.
From there, it was afterburners on for the former QAS rep; Back-to-back birdies on 15 and 16 followed an eagle on 14. A pair of pars on 17 and 18 set the scene for some showtime over his final three holes, and Florimo didn’t hold back, eagling the first to get to minus eight, before ending his round with another pair of birdies on the second and third.
“Two eagles; one good shot in, and a cheeky chip-in on one. I hit it stiff on two and three to finish, so I’ll take it.”
“Damo Jordan, Brayden and I were having a good time, yeah.
“They taught me a lot out there, and we had a bit of a laugh. It kept the emotions down, so it was good.”
Florimo said his ten under effort was not quite his lowest ever, he had shot 11 under before, but it was his lowest ever in this company.
” By far my lowest ever in a pro event,for sure.” he grinned.
Florimo will take his place in tomorrow’s final group alongside a couple of accomplished players in Michael Sim and Sam Brazel. despite not ever having played with either of the professionals is phased but the thought.
“It will be good fun. I’ll try and learn as much as I can. I knew Sam was breathing down my neck today because he was in the group behind us, so tomorrow will be fun.”