Scott Hellier has cashed in on calm conditions to shoot a course record of 12-under (60) at the Russley Golf Club this morning.
Carding 12 birdies and six pars, Hellier just missed out on the opportunity of making the magical score of 59.
This score has launched him from outside the all-important top 32 who progress to the match-play stages, into first place.
This is believed to be the lowest score in the tournaments 124-year history.
“It’s a pretty good feeling, everything was happening and nothing was going wrong so it’s an unreal feeling,”
With an opening round of 76, he has beaten that by 16 strokes and also topped his personal best in the process.
“It beats my previous best of 61 at Gore, so it’s way better that that, especially at this course.”
“My putting was just crazy, I was holing everything so it was pretty surreal. When I was four-under through five and seven under-through nice, I thought something good was obviously happening.”
Hellier won the Otago match-play last weekend which clearly had a great impact on his current form.