Emerre and Hathaway Poverty Bay Open under way

William Brown shoots the low round.

William Brown shoots the low round.

Golf PB Open - Willie Brown shows his style.

GREENKEEPER William Brown overcame miserable conditions to shoot the low round of the morning as the Emerre and Hathaway Poverty Bay Open got under way today.

Brown carded a 2-under 70, a brilliant score considering the persistent rain that fell over much of the opening nine holes.

Winner of the 2012 Poverty Bay Open, Brown mixed five birdies with three pars in nines of 34, 36.

Sitting second at the halfway stage of 36 holes of strokeplay qualifying was Tini Hawea. From Gisborne but schooling at Rotorua Boys' High, he shot 2-over 74.

A further shot back was defending champion Peter Kerekere (75), with Peter Anderson next on 76, followed by Anaru Reedy and 1995 champion David Solomann both on 77.

Andrew Higham (79), the 2014 open champion, was the only other player in the 80-strong field to break 80.

Napier-based former Gisborne man and seven-time open champion Waka Donnelly, 2013 winner Bruce Wilson (of Wairakei) and Gisborne Boys' High teacher Mark Jefferson all signed for 80.

Following this afternoon's second strokeplay round, the field is divided into five groups of 16.

GREENKEEPER William Brown overcame miserable conditions to shoot the low round of the morning as the Emerre and Hathaway Poverty Bay Open got under way today.

Brown carded a 2-under 70, a brilliant score considering the persistent rain that fell over much of the opening nine holes.

Winner of the 2012 Poverty Bay Open, Brown mixed five birdies with three pars in nines of 34, 36.

Sitting second at the halfway stage of 36 holes of strokeplay qualifying was Tini Hawea. From Gisborne but schooling at Rotorua Boys' High, he shot 2-over 74.

A further shot back was defending champion Peter Kerekere (75), with Peter Anderson next on 76, followed by Anaru Reedy and 1995 champion David Solomann both on 77.

Andrew Higham (79), the 2014 open champion, was the only other player in the 80-strong field to break 80.

Napier-based former Gisborne man and seven-time open champion Waka Donnelly, 2013 winner Bruce Wilson (of Wairakei) and Gisborne Boys' High teacher Mark Jefferson all signed for 80.

Following this afternoon's second strokeplay round, the field is divided into five groups of 16.

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