Martin leads by a shot at 6-under-66
Andrew Martin of Australia shot an opening round of 6-under-66 to take a shot lead over 11 other players who are tied for the second spot with a shots gap. The list includes the rising Indian star Honey Baisoya.
The 33-year-old had a commendable front nine, carding four birdies against a lone bogey before turning in 32. Martin scored two more birdies before signing for a 66 for a one-shot lead on the opening round of the event co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the China Golf Association (CGA).
Baisoya won back to back titles on the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) recently, is continuing his good form at the Asia-Pacific Classic. He had a near flawless round, carding six birdies and a lone bogey on the 401 yards, par-4 third hole of the St. Andrews (Zhengzhou) Golf Club.
Baisoya is joined by Josh Younger, Yang Yinong, Koh Deng Shan, Jack Wilson, Pannakorn Uthaipas, Tarren Callum, Liu Yanwei, Natipong Srithong, and Danthai Boonma at 5-under-67.
Andrew Martin hit 10 out of 14 fairways as well as 15 out of 18 greens and took 27 putts to take a shot lead today. He is looking ahead to better his best finish of T-8th at the 2017 Indonesian Open.
The 27-year-old Honey Baisoya’s best finish on the Tour is fifth at the 2016 Panasonic Open and just last week he achieved his second-best finish of T-6th at the recently concluded AB Bank Bangladesh Open.
Chikkarangappa S was the only Indian under Top-60 to catch up to the magic of Baisoya. Chikka scored 72 for the day with two birdies and two bogeys for a T-57th position on the board.