14 Dec

Scott's Student P.G.A. Pro Adam Stephens At Q School

By Darren

PGA Tour of Australasia Qualifying School got underway at the Sandhurst Club and Peninsula Country Golf Club in challenging Melbourne weather conditions.

87 players teed it up at the Peninsula Country Golf Club but it was Queensland amateur James Gibellini who leads after the first round.

He fired a 4-under 68 to be two shots clear of Nicholas Russell, Benjamin Bloomfield and Michael Hansen.

A member of the Golf Queensland Men’s State team, Gibellini got off to a mixed start opening with a birdie which he followed with a double bogey.

Able to regain his composure the 24 year old went bogey free the remainder of his round adding a further five birdies to his scorecard including three consecutively from the 14th to the 16th.

Hoping to secure his Tour card and turn Professional, Gibellini has already competed on the PGA Tour of Australasia playing, as an amateur, in the Isuzu Queensland Open where he finished in a share of 35th.

Over at the Sandhurst Club New South Welshman Adam Stephens and Swede Mattias Eliasson lead the 80 man field on 3-under the card.

Stephens, who has played tournaments on the PGA Tour of Australasia since 2009, was consistent in the challenging conditions with just one blemish on his scorecard.

It was a more varied day for Eliasson who fired four birdies and three bogeys. However his round was highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 11th hole on the North Course at the Sandhurst Club.

Having turned Professional in 1997, Eliasson has competed on the European Challenge Tour as well as the main European Tour from 2005 to 2007.

Eliasson’s best finished on the European Tour was a third place at the 2006 Open de Espana however he has not played regularly on any main Tour since 2008.

Eliasson has three Professional victories to his name, all coming on the Nordic League.

Reflecting the challenging conditions just five players at each qualifying course was able to break par in the first round.

The second round is now underway with club house scoring in operation.

The leading 25 players and ties from the Peninsula Country Golf Club and 23 players and ties from the Sandhurst Club will progress to the final stage of qualifying being held next week.