Young Brandon Lau continued with his good form to take the first round lead of the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour’s RM180,000 PGM Orna Closed Championship in Melaka today.
The 22-year-old, who won the 10th leg of the PGM’s Development Circuit – Qualifying School at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club last week, fired an impressive six-under 66 at Orna Golf & Country Club, to lead by a stroke from Lam Yu Shuen.
What some might view as puzzling, Lau said he felt much more comfortable today than he did in the Tour’s feeder circuit event last week.
“I hit the ball solidly today and made a few good putts, so overall I’m happy with where I am,” he said.
Lau, starting on the 10th tee, strung together six birdies in a row over his last six holes to give clear indication that if he keeps up this sort of form, he will be a force to reckon with.
“It was an up-and-down round for me until the six holes,” he added in hindsight. “I was two-under over my first nine holes and then had two bogeys immediately before the six birdies.”
That finish was among the best on Tour, in terms of consecutive birdies and it was good reward for the lad who hails from Kota Kinabalu in Sabah.
Lam’s effort was almost as impressive. He had seven birdies in his five-under-par round, countered by two bogeys – one on each nine.
Akhmal Tarmizee, Nicholas Fung and Wilson Choo were tied for third another shot back on 68, while Kenneth Tobuse, S. Siva Chandhran and amateur player Low Khai Jei, who had a top-three finish at the PGM Northport Glenmarie Championship, where he picked world points, were joint sixth on 69.
Leading First Round Scores
66 -6 Brandon Lau
67 -5 Lam Yu Shuen
68 -4 Akhmal Tarmizee, Nicholas Fung, Wilson Choo
69 -3 Kenneth Tobuse, Low Khai Jei (A), S. Siva Chandhran
70 -2 Ben Leong, Shaifubari Muda, Muhammad Wafiyuddin, Khor Kheng Hwai
71 -1 M. Sasidaran, S. Murthy, Solomon Emilio, Sukree Othman