& # 039; Proud & # 039; Barbieri, Thompson fight in China

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Jack Thompson and Nathan Barbieri on Thursday at the AAC 2019. (Photos: Justin Falconer)

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It was not the historical performance that their compatriot Blake Windred merged, but Nathan Barbieri and Jack Thompson are rightly proud of their first trips to the Asian-Pacific amateur championship.

The NSW teammate of Windred played as part of Team Australia for the first time and took the green and gold reins early, carding a 3-under 69 as the leading Australian in the morning wave.

After starting on the 10th, Barbieri exploded out of the blocks on Thursday morning to be 3-under through his first four holes.

A few fallen shots delayed the 22-year-old's momentum, but he bounced back strongly, back-to-back birdies carding just after making the turn, before birdied his last two holes of the day.

By the end of the game, the Sydneysider was six shots back from outright leader Windred, but he could hardly have asked for a better start in his AAC debut.

"There were nerves, but they were good nerves," Barbieri said.

“I had to concentrate more on the recordings. It was a great feeling there and I can't wait to go back. "

"It's a huge event and you just want to play well. I was so focused all day, so I'm really proud of myself."

South Australian Thompson was only to blame for a bogeyman during his second hole of the day, the par-4 11, when he called himself a penalty for marking his ball off the green.

The Grange member accidentally picked up his ball while sitting on the pony and receiving a one-time penalty and it got worse soon afterwards.

Bogeys at 12 and 14 had Thompson in trouble, but he, like Barbieri, rally excellent.

The 21-year-old took his first stroke of the day with birdie at the age of 18 and made three on his way back to the clubhouse to sign for a guts 1-under 71.

"I'm happy, it's good to come back," Thompson said.

"I feel that the" old "Jack would have been a little more rattle and would have made a few bogeys.

"I was really happy to fight back strongly."

Hearing of Jack Thompson, Nathan Barbieri & Karl Vilips

Karl Vilips also slowly started with three bogeys in his six openings, before three birdies in the next seven set the ship slightly straight.

But a closing bogey on the 9th par-4 meant that the Western Australian carded a 1-over 73 that, in the worst case, kept him hunting.

"I hit the ball well all day long, a little shaky and I started to hit the ball directly off the tee," said Vilips.

"I just didn't convert as much as I would like for a birdie."

Victorian Kyle Michel was cruising 2-under through 10 holes without a boge to his name after making the turn.

But shot at 11, 12. 15 and dragged the 23-year-old back to 3-over for the day.

World No.4 David Micheluzzi had a day he would like to forget, the Melburnian who carded two birdies against two bogeys and a disastrous triple-bogey.

The second highest player in the field is not yet ready, but a seven in the par-15 brought him to a Thursday 75.

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