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Barnes takes first-round lead


Australia's Kurt Barnes shot an 8-under 64 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the New Zealand PGA Championship

The long-hitting Barnes had an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey on the Bob Charles - designed Clearwater course. Australia's Ryan Hammond opened with a 65. Hammond birdied nine of the first 14 holes, including six in a row, but bogeyed 15 and 17.

Americans Jason Enloe and David Brynshaw opened with 66s in the event sanctioned by the Australasian and Nationwide tours. Americans Josh Teater, Major Manning, Scott Dunlap were three strokes back at 67 along with New Zealand's Gareth Paddison, Australians Alistair Presnell and Andre Stolz and Sweden's Jonas Blixt.

Presnell is coming off a victory Sunday in the Moonah Classic.

Danny Lee, the New Zealand amateur star who won Johnnie Walker Classic two weeks ago, opened with a 71. The 18-year-old Lee, also the U.S. Amateur champion, plans to turn pro after the Masters. Born in South Korea, he moved to New Zealand at age 8.

Barnes had a chance to tie the course record, but his 20-foot birdie try on the final hole slid past the cup. He rebounded after missing the cut last week in the Moonah Classic in Australia.

Leaderboard – Round 1:

1. Kurt Barnes                     AUS  64 - 8
2. Ryan Hammond              AUS  65 - 7
3. Jason Enloe                    USA  66 - 6
    David Branshaw               USA  66 - 6
5. Alistar Presnell                AUS  67 - 5
    Jonas Blixt                     SWE  67 - 5
    Josh Teater                    USA  67 - 5
    Major Manning                USA  67 - 5
    Andre Stolz                     AUS  67 - 5
    Gareth Paddison              NZL  67 - 5

Source: AP, NZPGA


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