Strange takes over the Spalding Park Open – PGA of Australia

Two-time European Tour winner Scott Strange took full advantage of the dry morning conditions to open a five-stroke lead after the opening round of the Mitchell and Brown Spalding Park Open.

The 36-hole, $35,000 Spalding Park Open is one of the most popular stops in the WA swing of the adidas PGA Pro-Am Series, but it was all odd on day one at Spalding Park Golf Club north of Geraldton.

Strange was safely ensconced in the clubhouse when the rain began to hit the course in the afternoon, his round of eight under 64 an unlikely target for those in the latest wave.

Simon Houston continued his strong recent form with a round three under 69 to be the closest contender to Strange, Rick Kulacz, Daniel Fox, Ryan Haywood and Haydn Barron all in a share of third after rounds two under 70 years old.

But they have some catching up to do after Strange takes the top spot.

Making the most of the drier morning conditions, Strange started his game with a birdie at the par-5 10th and began picking up the pace with three birdies on the trot of the par-3 14th.

There was a slight stumble with a bogey at the par-3 fourth, but he responded emphatically, finishing his run with five straight birdies to end the day at eight under.

Round two begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday with the overnight leaders starting at 11 a.m.

Click here for Round 1 scores.

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