Kuching: Seasoned professional S. Murthy (pic) got his campaign at the RM250,000 Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Sarawak Classic, off to a good start with an opening round 67 at Kelab Golf Sarawak today.
The 38-year-old Murthy mixed seven birdies against two bogeys to lead PGM Penang Classic R. Nachimuthu (65) by one stroke while M. Sasidaran and young gun Nicholas Fung were a further two shots back in joint third.
Akhmal Tarmizee Nazari and Md Rashid Ismail carded rounds of 70 with amateur Asri Khalid providing the surprise of the day with a solid score of one-under-par 70 alongside rookie professional Muhd Alwarith Damian.
The twelfth leg of the burgeoning Tour saw a total of 85 participants with Zulkarnain Abdul withdrawing earlier today.
Leading first round scores
67 S. Murthy
68 R. Nachimuthu
69 M. Sasidaran, Nicholas Fung
70 Akhmal Tarmizee, Md Rashid Ismail
71 Muhammad AlWarith Damian, Asri Khalid(AM)
72 Hanafiah Jamil, Haziq Hamizan, Nazri Majid, Malcom A. Tay(AM)